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Capital Center Commission Meeting – September 10, 2014

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • 12:00 noon
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Approval of Meeting Minutes of May 14, 2014 and June 11, 2014
  3. Ratification of Approvals
    Ratification of approvals from the June 11, 2014 CCC meeting
  4. Parcels 3E, 3W, 4E and 4W: Parking Lots
    Request for extension of interim parking lot approvals
    Presenter: Todd Turcotte, Capital Properties
  5. Report of the Chairman
    – Waterplace Park
    – Transit Infrastructure Bond Referendum
  6. Adjournment

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Capital Center Commission Meeting – June 11, 2014

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • 12:00 noon
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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R.I. Credit Union parking lot in Capital Center. Image Google Street View

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Approval of Meeting Minutes of May 14, 2014
  3. Parcel 1: Union Station Parking Lot
    Request for Extension of Parking Attendant Booth and Pylon Sign Approvals
  4. Parcel 15: RI Credit Union
    Request for Extension of Parking Approval
  5. FY 2015 Budget
  6. Adjournment

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CANCELED – Capital Center Commission Meeting – February 12, 2013

featured-capital-center Capital Center Commission Meeting
Wednesday, February 12, 2013 • 12:00 noon
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903
This meeting has been canceled.


AGENDA

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Approval of Meeting Minutes of December 19, 2013
  3. Election of Officers
    Elect Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer
  4. Design Review Committee Advisory Member Appointment
    Appoint Melvin Bilezerian to the Design Review Committee of the Capital Center Commission (term to expire 6/18)
  5. Amend Capital Center Commission By-Laws
    Amend Section 6: Quorum
  6. State House Parking Lot Lighting
  7. New Business
  8. Adjournment

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Capital Center Commission Meeting – December 19, 2013

featured-capital-center Capital Center Commission Meeting
Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:00pm
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Approval of Special Meeting Minutes of October 17, 2013 and Regular Meeting Minutes of November 13, 2013
  3. Acceptance of 2014 CCC Meeting Schedule
  4. Providence Station Plaza
    Presentation of the 90% design project plans for the plaza and the area surrounding the train station
  5. Adjournment

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Capital Center Commission Meeting – November 13, 2013

featured-capital-center Capital Center Commission Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 • 12:00 noon
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Approval of CCC Special Meeting Minutes of October 17, 2013
  3. Election of Secretary/Treasurer
  4. Ratification of Previous Votes
    Ratification of votes taken at the October 17, 2013 CCC Meeting
  5. State House Parking Issues
  6. Adjournment

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State defiantly moves ahead with surface parking

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In spite of Providence Zoning rules and Capital Center rules forbidding it, the State is moving ahead with plans to expand a surface parking lot on the State House grounds and building a new surface parking lot adjacent to the State House.

ecoRI reports that the Department of Administration (DOA) has already started work on expanding the Assembly Members parking lot on the State House grounds. “Work on the two tiers of new parking to the east of the Statehouse, along Smith Street, will replace 2,000 square feet of grass with some 40 parking spaces.”

Meanwhile, as we discussed in July, the DOA has spent $3.1 million purchasing property along Francis Street next to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium for even more surface parking.

The Chairman of the Capital Center Commission, Deming Sherman is none to happy about all this. Sherman told The Providence Journal that there should be less parking around the State House, not more and that a parking garage should be built behind the DOA building.

When the State restarted the project to expand the parking lot on the State House lawn in June of this year, Sherman contended that the plan had to be submitted to the Capital Center Commission for review, the DOA claims that their authority supercedes the Capital Center Commission (which was created by the State) as well as City zoning.

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Capital Center Commission Meeting – October 17, 2013

featured-capital-center Capital Center Commission Meeting
Thursday, October 17, 2013 – 12:00 NOON
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    2.1 Approval of Commission Special Meeting Minutes of August 28, 2013
  3. Parking Lot Discussion Discussion regarding parking issues near the State House
  4. Designation of Auditor
  5. FY 2014 Budget
  6. Adjournment


See also: State to pay $3.1 million to buy land for prohibited parking

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Capital Center Commission Meeting – January 9, 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 – 12:00 NOON
Department of Planning and Development, 444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    2.1 Approval of Commission Meeting Minutes of October 10, 2012 and December 12, 2012
    2.2 Acceptance of DRC Meeting Minutes of September 25, 2012 and October 23, 2012
  3. Welcome New Members
  4. Election of Officers
  5. 2013 CCC Meeting Schedule: Acceptance of the Capital Center Commission’s 2013 Meeting Schedule
  6. Parcel 7: Providence Station Proposal to install bollards, fencing and gates as part of Amtrak’s security project at Providence Station.
  7. Adjournment

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Capital Center Commission Meeting – October 10, 2012

Wednesday, October 10 – 12:00 NOON
Department of Planning and Development, 444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    • Approval of Commission Meeting Minutes of August 8, 2012
    • Acceptance of DRC Meeting Minutes of August 7, 2012
  3. Parcels 3E, 3W, 4E and 4W: Parking Lots
    Request for an extension of the approval for interim parking on Parcels 3E, 3W, 4E and 4W. Presenter: Todd Turcotte, Capital Properties
  4. Adjournment


Parcels 3E, 3W, 4E, and 4W are the parking lots behind the Citizens Buidling.

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Capital Center Commission Meeting – August 8, 2012

Wednesday, August, 2012 – 12:00 NOON
Department of Planning and Development, 444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    • Approval of Commission Meeting Minutes of June 13, 2012
    • Acceptance of DRC Meeting Minutes of June 5, 2012
  3. Parcel 14: Marriot Renaissance (Masonic Temple) Proposal to replace existing signage with new signage on the exterior of the building.
  4. Adjournment

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Capital Center Commission Meeting – June 13, 2012

Meeting Notice
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 • 12:00 noon
Department of Planning and Development
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Meeting Room • Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    • Approval of Commission Meeting Minutes of April 11, 2012
    • Acceptance of DRC Meeting Minutes of April 3, 2012 and Special Meeting of April 10, 2012
  3. Parcel 1: Union Station Parking Lot – Request for Extension of Parking Attendant Booth and Pylon Sign Approvals
  4. Parcel 15: RI Credit Union – Request for Extension of Parking Approval – Presenter: David Suvall, President/CEO RI Credit Union
  5. Appointment of DRC Members
  6. FY 2013 Budget
  7. Adjournment

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Capital Center Commission Meeting, November 9

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Old Navy at Providence Place

Old Navy at Providence Place. Image from Google Street View

Meeting Notice
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 • 12:00 noon
Department of Planning and Development
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Meeting Room
Providence, RI 02903

AGENDA

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    • Acceptance of DRC meeting minutes of July 5, 2011 and June 14, 2011
    • Approval of Commission meeting minutes of September 14, 2011
  3. Parcel 13: Providence Place Proposal to modify Old Navy storefronts and install a new sign. Presenter: Doug Tailford
  4. Parcel 8: Gateway Center Proposal to install a new sign on the building for ‘Admirals Bank.’ Presenter: Nicholas Lazares
  5. Internal Operating Procedures: Application and Processing Fees Discussion of existing fees for Signage and Plan Amendments/Modifications
  6. Other Business
  7. Adjournment

Agenda [.pdf]

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Capital Center Commission Meeting, September 14

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MEETING NOTICE
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 12:00 NOON
Department of Planning and Development
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Meeting Room Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes 2.1 Approval of Commission meeting minutes of June 15, 2011
  3. Presentation of Resolutions for Past Commissioners
  4. Parcel 14: Veterans Memorial Auditorium
    Proposal to install a new wall sign and banner signs on the building. Presenter: Michael Abbott
  5. Parcel 1: Union Station
    Proposal to replace existing signage and awnings with new signage and awnings, replace existing storefront windows with operable doors, install new tiled columns at the entryway, and install decorative fencing and planter boxes for a new restaurant in the former Ardeo space. Presenter: Maurice Molod and Don Diebler
  6. Letter to Edward F. Sanderson regarding the Enhancement Grant for Station Park
  7. Design Review Consultant Designation
  8. Auditor Designation
  9. Adjournment
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Capital Center Commission Meeting, Feb. 9

MEETING NOTICE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2011 – 12:00 NOON
Department of Planning and Development
400 Westminster Street, 4th Floor Conference Room
Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

1. Roll Call

2. Minutes
2.1 Approval of Commission meeting minutes of December 8, 2010 and December 20, 2010

2.2 Acceptance of DRC meeting minutes of December 7, 2010 and December 14, 2010

3. Election of Officers

4. Design Review Committee Reappointment

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5. Parcel 14: Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Request for approval to construct a loading dock, restrooms and enclosed walkway on the west elevation (Park Street) of the building. The project also includes the installation of signage and landscaping. Presenters: Michael Abbott and Don Leighton.

6. Executive Session
Pursuant to Section 42-46-5(1) of the General Laws of the State of RI

6.1 Personnel

7. Adjournment

Agenda

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Capital Center Commission downsizes


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The Providence Journal reports today on the reorganization of the Capital Center Commission. The Commission was founded after the river relocation project to guide development in the Capital Center District (roughly bounded by Smith Street, Exchange Terrace, the highway, and the Moshassuck River). While the District still has much room for future progress, development has slowed. Currently the Capitol Cove condos, new Blue Cross Blue Shield headquarters, and new headquarters for Moran Shipping are the only active projects in the District (and basically in the whole city come to think of it).

The Commission’s executive director, Deborah Melino-Wender has retired and the offices at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce have been closed. Melino-Wender’s duties will be taken over by Bob Azar and Christopher Ise in the city’s planning department, and the Commission’s work will now run out of the planning office.

With this downsizing, cost cutting, and reorganization, I wonder why the Commission is needed at all anymore, even in a slimmed down form. Capital Center is well on it’s way to becoming an integral part of the city. Certainly, when the economy recovers, there are plenty of parcels left to be built on, and likely with some large scale structures. But cannot the Downcity Design Review Committee and City Plan Commission handle the approval processes for future projects in the Capital Center District? If those boards are good enough to handle the rest of the city, what is so special about Capital Center anymore?

Before we know it, we’ll have acres of land freed up by the relocation of Route 195 and likely another development commission to guide the redevelopment of that land. That is fine, I agree there should be a group of people focused directly on the redevelopment and reintegration of such a large area of new land. Capital Center in my opinion though is far enough along, it does not need to be treated special anymore, it is part of the city.

What Capital Center needs now is to move to the next phase of it’s development, integration. It needs an Improvement District like Downtown, or the Downtown Improvement District needs to be expanded to include Capital Center. We need the yellow jackets patrolling, cleaning, planting, being ambassadors to people getting off trains, etc. Let us have the development procedures we have in place now guide the future of Capital Center and work to further integrate it into the fabric of Downcity and the city as a whole.

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