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What Cheer / What Jeer 2013

We’re running a little late this year but we’re finally ready to run down the What Cheers and What Jeers of 2013.

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WHAT CHEER: South Street Power Station (Maybe)

In 2013 we got another plan to redevelop the moribund South Street Power Station. While numerous plans for the building, which at one point was known as the Dynamo House, have come and gone, this latest plan engenders optimism as Brown University is involved now.

In January the New York Times and then The Brown Daily Herald reported on rumors of the university becoming involved in the project. Then in June Brown announced it’s plans for the building in a letter to the campus community.

Those plans include a home for the long talked about URI/RIC Nursing School, office space for Brown, and some sort of retail component in the former power station building. Brown also has a developer engaged in building a student apartment building in the neighboring parking lot along Point Street and the City is involved in plans for a parking structure across Point Street from that.

The latest news on the project comes from the ProJo just before Christmas with reports that the PRA is considering condemning the building so the project can move forward.

While this could all be looked at as another in a long line of proposals for the building, Brown’s involvement makes this proposal seem more promising. 2014 will show us if this project actually moves forward.

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Where Would Jesus Park?

WPRI: Store’s opening squashed by judge

Federal Hill and West Side friends and neighbors rallied on Sunday morning in support of Cluck!, an urban farm supply store that is trying to open at the site of a former gas station on Broadway.

The business was approved by Zoning to open but was challenged in court on a technicality and lost, forcing owner Drake Patten to begin the Zoning process from scratch. Read Drake’s commentary on what has happened.

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Cluck and 257 Thayer Street among items on Feb. 6, 2013 Zoning agenda

The Zoning Board of Review will meet on Wednesday February 6th and there are two items of interest on the agenda.

First is the zoning review for Cluck, an urban farming supply store proposed on Broadway.

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Rendering of Cluck, from their Facebook page.

ELIAS AYOUB, OWNER AND DRAKE PATTEN, APPLICANT: 399 Broadway (corner Courtland St.), Lot 11 on the Tax Assessor’s Plat 33, located in an R-P Residential Professional Zone and within the Broadway Historic Overlay District; the applicant seeks a use variance for relief from Section 303-Use Code 55 – Retail Trade – Building and Related Material, more than 2,500 square feet of gross floor area (hardware-retail; nursery and garden supplies-retail including greenhouses; paint, glass, and wallpaper-retail; yard equipment and supplies) pursuant to Section 200, to operate an urban farm supply business including the sale of chicken hens (no roosters), using the existing gasoline station building, installing a modular shed/plant house and decorative fencing, and replacing a portion of the existing pavement with gardens. The lot in question contains approximately 10,850 square feet of land area.

Cluck is the last item on the agenda for the 5:30pm portion of the meeting.

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Snowblogging – Last Night

I went out for a walk last night during the storm. Here are some of the photos I took.

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Second Night added to Columbus Theatre re-opening celebration, November 18, 2012

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The Columbus Threatre is re-opening on November 17th with an event called Revival! That event proved so popular, they’ve added a second night, Revival Too!

Revival Too!

The Columbus Cooperative is excited to announce Revival Too!, a second night of celebration for the reopening of the Columbus Theatre, headlined by the Low Anthem.

Due to the overwhelming response to Revival!, which sold out more than two weeks in advance, this intimate evening of music at the Columbus Upstairs has been scheduled for Sunday, November 18th. Half of profits from the evening will once again benefit ATRAVES, a Providence-based nonprofit working for education, health, and development in Nicaragua.

Doors open at 6PM and music will begin at 7PM. The night will feature:

  • The Low Anthem
  • Last Good Tooth
  • The Silks
  • Rachel Jorgensen
  • Sean Kennedy

With food by Julians and drink by Revival Brewing Company, the Rhode Island Brewers Guild, and Elevated Spirits.

Revival Too! is generously sponsored by Julians; Revival Brewing Company, the Rhode Island Brewers Guild, and Elevated Spirits; Supply & Demand Music; Mirror Image; Armory Revival Company and Rising Sun Mills; and the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.

Seating is general admission and EXTREMELY LIMITED.

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