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All I know is somone wants to tear down buildings on Broadway and build a drive-thru CVS

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Former home of Empire Beauty School at Broadway and Dean on Federal Hill

I don’t actually know a whole lot about this, so it is hard to have too many opinions about it.

What I do know, is someone (presumably the property owner(s)) wants to tear down the 3-story office building at the corner of Broadway and Dean Streets along with the one-story building along Broadway next to it (currently the home of Hall’s on Broadway vintage store).

Then, someone wants to replace those buildings with a new multi-story mixed-use building with a CVS with a drive-thru on the ground floor.

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Silent Protest in support of RI Hospital SW Pavilion – March 22, 2016

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Photo by Warren Jagger for PPS

From the Providence Preservation Society:


Dear Preservation Backers:

We’re organizing a silent protest against the proposed demolition of Rhode Island Hospital’s Southwest Pavilion building. Please join us in wearing black clothing (to symbolize the void left if the Pavilion is lost) to the:

Zoning Board of Review Meeting
Tuesday, March 22
5:30 p.m.
Doorley Municipal Building – 444 Westminster Street

The more protesters, the greater the impact. Sign up here or by writing mwisniewski@ppsri.org; and spread the word to save our city’s history!

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City Plan Commission Meeting – February 23, 2016

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The vacant former Store 24 building at 249 Thayer is proposed to be razed to allow for construction of a 4-story mixed-use building – Image from Google Streetview

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 4:45pm
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from January 19 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Development Plan Review

1. DPR 2016-04 – 1081 Douglas Ave – The applicant is proposing to construct an addition to an existing building and is requesting a design waiver from the transparency and fenestration requirements for front facades in the C-2 zone – for action (AP 78 Lots 441, 201and 189, Wanskuck)

Major Land Development Project
Public Information Meeting

2. Case No. 16-006MA – 249 Thayer Street – The applicant is proposing to demolish an existing building at 249 Thayer Street and construct a four story building providing for a mix of uses including a restaurant, commercial, and residential space. An extension of the sidewalk for provision of public space is also proposed. The applicant is seeking a dimensional adjustment from the 50 foot height limit in the C-2 zone, proposing a building height of 61 feet – for action (AP 13 Lot 49, College Hill)

Adjournment

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111 Fountain Street hotel proposal

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Rendering looking west on Sabin Street

The Procaccianti Group is planning to raze the Fogarty Building at 111 Fountain Street to build a new extended stay hotel. Information below is from their submission to the Downtown Design Review Committee (DRC). This was scheduled to be presented to the DRC today, that meeting has been canceled due to the snow storm.


Project Information

Project Address: 111 Fountain Street
Project Description: 176 room Residence Inn hotel
Lot Size: 24,888 S.F. 0.571+/- Acres
Project Size: 127,500 GSF (includes tenant space)
Project Height: 101’-5 5/8” Top of roof structure – 9 Stories
Project F.A.R.: 5.12 (based on GSF)
Parking Spaces: 150 Parking spaces (at 1 Empire Site)
Architect: Group One Partners

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RESCHEDULED: Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – February 8, 2016

Today’s meeting has been rescheduled due to the snowstorm, it will take place Tuesday, February 16th at 4:45pm.
Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting
Monday, February 8, 2016 4:45 PM
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

drc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of January 11, 2016

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 15.30: 111 Fountain Street (Fogarty Building) – Continued review of the proposal by PRI XII LLC, to demolish the existing structure located at 111 Fountain Street, and to construct a new 9?story extended stay hotel on the site. The applicant was granted preliminary approval of the demolition, preliminary (conceptual) approval of the new construction, and waivers from the Design Standards for New Construction at the January 11, 2016 DRC meeting. The applicant is returning to the DRC for final design review.

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Scott Douglass: Why you should care about Brown’s surface parking lot

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Thayer Street in 1990. (cc) Will Hart

Scott Douglass is a South Coast Massachusetts native living and working in Providence. Currently collaborating with Boston based urban design and architecture company Principle Group LLC. Scott is an Alumnus of both the Providence Country Day School and the University of Miami School of Architecture.

It has become fashionable to bemoan the pacification of Thayer street in recent years. The Nostalgia that a gritty district known for variety stores and record shops engenders is impressive, although it speaks largely to the quality of the Urban fabric which allowed it to thrive. There are no Thayer streets popping up in shopping malls. in fact, Thayer street has remained a pleasant destination even as the grit and hipness has faded. Even in its more recent role as the food court for RISD and Brown, it has retained its fine grained collection of prewar shops and houses which have incubated the charm which made it a destination in the first place.

Recognizing that the greatest asset the Thayer Street area possesses is its character, it lays in the hands of the stewards of the community to protect and enhance this character over time.

This is not to say that Thayer Street must be as a fly in amber, in fact, many large developments fostered by Brown over the last 20 years have done an adequate job at tiptoeing around their context. In fact some buildings, like the Nelson Fitness Center, have improved upon their context and healed a wound on the edge of one of the largest unstructured parks in the East Side, Pembroke Field.

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City Plan Commission Meeting – January 19, 2016

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2016, 4:45 PM
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from December15 regular meeting and December 1 special meeting – for action
  • Election of Officers – for action
  • Director’s Report

Institutional Master Plan

1. Brown University Institutional Master Plan Amendment – Presentation of amendment to Brown University’s Institutional Master Plan. The amendment includes creation of new parking space and improvements to certain athletic facilities. A special use permit will be required for the proposed parking – for action (College Hill)

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ProJo: Brown plans to knock down 7 College Hill buildings for new parking lot

Brown University intends to flatten half of a city block near Thayer Street in the College Hill neighborhood to create a commercial parking lot.

In an amendment to the school’s master plan filed with the Providence Planning Department, Brown officials wrote they want to raze seven multifamily houses that the school owns between Cushing Street, Meeting Street and Brook Street. The amendment document calls the two-unit buildings “unsightly.”


I’m just going to leave this collection of Google Streetview images Frank Mullin posted on Facebook right here.

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ProJo: Providence Design Review Committee OK’s demolition of Fogarty building

Fogarty Building

The Downtown Design Review Committee unanimously approved a series of requests Monday that officially cleared the way for the Procaccianti Group Inc. to start tearing down the old John E. Fogarty Building on Fountain Street, possibly within three months.

Procaccianti Group Vice President Michael A. Voccola told the committee that the company expects to need between 45 and 60 days to knock down the concrete behemoth. If no unexpected delays occur, construction on an eight-story extended-stay hotel on the site could begin in early fall, the company said.


Emphasis mine.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – January 11, 2016

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2016 4:45 PM
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

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  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approve Meeting Minutes of September 21, 2015 and November 16, 2015
  • Accept DDRC 2016 Meeting Schedule
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

Fogarty Building

1. DRC Application No. 15.30: 111 Fountain Street (Fogarty Building) ? Public Hearing – The subject of the hearing will be an application by PRI XII LLC, to demolish the existing structure located at 111 Fountain Street, and to construct a new 8?story extended stay hotel on the site. The applicant is requesting a Downtown Demolition Waiver, and waivers from Development and Design Standards of the Zoning Ordinance. At the conclusion of the hearing, the DDRC will take action with respect to these items.

Adjournment

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ProJo: Providence City Council OKs tax deal for hotel on Fountain Street

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Rendering of proposed extended stay hotel which would replace the Fogarty Building on Fountain Street.

On an 10-1 vote Thursday night, the City Council gave final approval for a tax-reduction agreement that will clear the way for the demolition of the vacant Fogarty Building on Fountain Street and its replacement with a $40-million high-rise hotel.

Once the mayor’s office signs off on the agreement with the hotel developer, Cranston-based Procaccianti Group, the company plans to apply for the needed permits to demolish the building, company spokesman Ralph V. Izzi Jr. said.

The company expects to begin tearing down the old social services office building within six to nine months of getting the permits, Izzi said, with hotel construction taking 12 to 18 months after that, he said.


I much prefered the ‘general hospital from the eighties‘ design they were proposing back in May of last year.

Also, how lame are we that we’re giving permission to someone who owns two surface parking lots a block away to tear down yet another building in our city?

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City Plan Commission Meeting – December 15, 2015

City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from November 17 regular meeting and December 1 special meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Institutional Master Plan

1. Rhode Island Hospital Institutional Master Plan Amendment
– Presentation of amendment to Rhode Island Hospital’s Institutional Master Plan – for action (Upper South Providence)

City Council Referral

2. Referral 3401—Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance – Presentation of proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance to make clarifications, corrections and technical changes to the zoning ordinance. The amendment is proposing to rezone certain parcels from M-MU 75 to M-1 – for action

Adjournment

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City Plan Commission Subcommittee Meeting (RI Hospital Southwest Pavilion) – December 1, 2015

City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – 2:00pm
444 Westminster Street, City Solicitors Conference Room, Suite 220, Providence, RI 02903
Note special time and location for this meeting above.

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to order

Institutional Master Plan

1. Rhode Island Hospital Institutional Master Plan Amendment – Discussion of amendment to Rhode Island Hospital’s Institutional Master Plan – for discussion (Upper South Providence)

Adjournment

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Providence Preservation Society Advocacy Alert: Rhode Island Hospital Planning to Demolish Historic Southwest Pavilion

From Providence Preservation Society:


Advocacy Alert: Rhode Island Hospital Planning to Demolish Historic Southwest Pavilion

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All photos by Frank Mullin

Next Tuesday, Rhode Island Hospital will appear before the City Plan Commission to request the demolition of the the historic Southwest Pavilion. Located at the heart of the Hospital’s campus, the Southwest Pavilion was included on the PPS Most Endangered Properties list in 2010, and stands as one of the only survivors from the original Hospital landscape. Its loss would be devastating to the city’s sense of history.

Following feasibility studies in 2010 and 2015, the Hospital is favoring demolition due to the high cost of restoration. PPS is advocating for Rhode Island Hospital to consider other options, which could include making roof repairs and mothballing, extending the life of the building until an appropriate use is found.

Show your support for this building by attending the City Plan Commission meeting on Tuesday, November 17th, at 4:45 pm, 444 Westminster Street in Providence.

What YOU can do…

Show Up:

Show your support for this building by attending the City Plan Commission meeting on Tuesday, November 17th, at 4:45 pm, 444 Westminster Street in Providence.

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City Plan Commission Meeting – November 17, 2015 – RI Hospital proposal to raze South West Pavilion building

City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from October 20 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3398 – 04-316 Branch Ave (Zone Change) – The petitioner is requesting that the properties at 304-316 Branch Ave and 19 Metcalf Street be rezoned from from C-1 to C-2. Continued from October 20 meeting – for action (Charles, AP 71 Lot 563 and AP 74 Lots 1, 3, 8, and 9)

Institutional Master Plan

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Image from Providence Preservation Society

2. Rhode Island Hospital Institutional Master Plan Amendment – Presentation of amendment to Rhode Island Hospital’s Institutional Master Plan – for action (Upper South Providence)


From the Masterplan Amendment:

In our 2006 and 2011 Institutional Master Plans, we identified our South West Pavilion building as having effectively outlived its useful life as part of our camp us. After extensive study, and after holdin g a neighborhood meeting to discuss it, we have conclud ed we need to raze the building. We are the refore seeking to amend our approved 2011 IMP to allow for the removal of the South West Pavilion.

The South West Pavilion was constructed in 1900 and is one of the oldest remaining portions of the hospital complex.


Adjournment

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City Plan Commission Meeting – October 20, 2015

City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from September 15 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3398 – 304-316 Branch Ave (Zone Change) – The petitioner is requesting that the properties at 304-316 Branch Ave and 19 Metcalf Street be rezoned from from C-1 to C-2 – for action (Charles, AP 71 Lot 563 and AP 74 Lots 1,3,8 and 9)

2. Referral 3399 – Zoning Ordinance Amendment – Flood Hazard Areas – Amendment of the zoning ordinance to delete Section 1105 Special Flood Hazard Areas and associated definitions in Section 200 – definition of general terms – for action

3. Referral 3400 – 19 and 21 Planet Street (Zone Change) – The petitioner is requesting to rezone AP 12 lots 32 and 303 from R-2 to C-2 – for action (College Hill)

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ProJo: Tax-break plan for proposed Providence hotel to get a hearing July 23

Fogarty Building

As part of that effort, the developers are asking the City Council to approve an ordinance that would exempt the project from property taxes for three years. Starting in the fourth year of the agreement, the project owners would pay 11 percent of the total taxes due, with the amount then going up by 11 percentage points a year until year 12, when 95 percent of the taxes would be due, followed by full taxation after that.

Though the City Council is a vote away from enacting a tax-treaty process for developers in the Route 195 corridor that doesn’t need council approval, for the rest of the city, the old rules, which include public hearings and multiple council votes, still apply.

Though the Fogarty Building’s destruction has been contemplated many times over the last several years — Procaccianti took out a demolition permit in 2011 but didn’t use it — the Fogarty Building has had its defenders. It is one of the city’s few surviving examples of the “brutalist” architectural style, which features exposed concrete and angular, fortress-like designs. The name comes from the French word for raw concrete, not physical brutality.


This morning, the Procaccianti owned Old Public Safety Building Memorial Parking Lot™ has site fencing covering most of it, I don’t know why.

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News & Notes

A couple of red traffic lights against a blue sky

Photo (cc) Horia Varlan

Better Cities & Towns: The benefits of removing stop lights

In the 1990s, the City of Philadelphia removed 800 traffic lights. Traffic flow improved and accidents declined by 26 percent in these intersections.

Recently, Wayne State researchers recommended that Detroit remove 460 signals, or 30 percent of its total inventory. And that figure may underestimate removable signals, the researchers note.

For pedestrians, four-way stops are much better—because every automobile has to come to a complete stop and traffic is calmed.

For pedestrians, removing traffic signals also helps maintain their right-of-way. If one approaches a stop light and is unable to reach the beg-button before the light changes, the red hand tells pedetrains and motorists that the pedestrian is not allowed to cross, even if they are trying to cross with the green which they should be allowed to do by right. Even if the walk-light actuates, turning drivers interpret their green as their right-of-way and treat the pedestrian as secondary.

A non-signalized intersection gives pedestrians the right-of-way.


The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: One-way streets are failing their cities

In John Gilderbloom’s experience, the notorious streets are invariably the one-way streets. These are the streets lined with foreclosed homes and empty storefronts, the streets that look neglected and feel unsafe, the streets where you might find drug dealers at night.

“Sociologically, the way one-way streets work,” he says, “[is that] if there are two or more lanes, a person can just pull over and make a deal, while other traffic can easily pass them by.”

It’s also easier on a high-speed one-way road to keep an eye out for police or flee from the scene of a crime.

So all the streets that were made one way on Federal Hill to deter drug activity, actually made it worse? Thanks NIMBYs.


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