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Proposed Holiday Inn Express on Pine Street


Rendering of proposed Holiday Inn Express along the west side Service Road

At the October 18th City Plan Commission meeting a proposal for a Holiday Inn Express on Pine Street at the west side Service Road adjacent to Crossroads RI will be presented.

Below are renderings and plans, and a few thoughts on the proposal. The drawings and plans are by ZDS of Providence.


Proposed site plan

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PBN: Citizens considering building campus for 4,000 employees in R.I.


Citizens Building (r) with the Waterplace towers under construction in 2006.

With its lease on its Cranston facility expiring in 2018, Citizens Financial Group Inc. is considering building a new campus somewhere in Rhode Island for approximately 4,000 employees.

The facility, if built, would encompass one or two buildings and be between 480,000 and 500,000 square feet. Employees who work at the Cranston facility, along with locations in Smithfield and Warwick, would be moved to the new site.

The company’s downtown Providence headquarters would remain.

If Citizens wants to attract and retain workers, they’d be smart to locate in Downtown Providence, today’s workers want to be downtown.


City Plan Commission Meeting – June 18, 2013

Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 • 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development • 1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from the May 21st 2013 meeting – for action Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3365 – Petition for a permanent easement for property located at 186 Fountain Street The applicant is requesting a permanent easement to construct an outdoor deck for the restaurant located at 186 Fountain Street – for action (AP 25 Lot 185, Downtown)

Minor Land Development Project

2. Case No. 13-014 MI – 207 Waterman Street (Preliminary Plan Stage) The applicant is proposing to demolish the existing building to construct a four story (approx. 45 feet), 30 unit multifamily development on a lot measuring approximately 11,677 SF. The applicant is proposing to provide 21 internal parking spaces, 45 are required. The development will require dimensional relief from parking and density requirements – for action (AP 14 Lot 516, Wayland)



Teste Block Christo’d

Teste Block

Teste Block at Dorrance and Weybosset Streets

Last month the Old Narragansett Hotel Garage was wrapped in plastic and now looks gorgeous! Today the adjoining Teste Block Building is getting wrapped and I can’t wait to see what it looks like when the wrapping comes down.

All this building wrapping is part of an on-going project to convert all the buildings on the block to residential use. My understanding is the Teste Block will have a restaurant on the ground floor with a glassed in area at the back (along Weybosset Street).

My plan has always been to buy the Teste Block myself after I won the Powerball. While I’m disappointed to have never won the Powerball and bought the building, I’m excited to see it getting cared for.


Johnson & Wales Richmond Street garage proposal

Johnson & Wales presented their proposal for a parking garage on the corner of Richmond and Pine Streets at last night’s Downcity Design Review Committee meeting, and we have the renderings to look over. Let’s get to it.

Johnson & Wales Garage

Click image to enlarge.

As it turns out, it is actually quite nice, as garages go, it is even quite nice as far as buildings go.

Another building demo

Let’s get the main sticking point out of the way first, 37 Richmond Street (the Mirabar Building) will be torn down under this proposal. My understanding is J&W has an offer on the table to buy it provided they get permission to move forward with this project. The process for demo is they would need to receive approval and a building permit for the proposed garage before they can receive a demo permit. The process is complicated by the fact that they want to give the Mirabar owners time to secure a new space and move before they proceed with demo (good news for Mirabar’s patrons).

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