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Providence PARK(ing) DAY – September 19, 2014

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Union Studio‘s parklet last year. Photo by Rachel Playe

From Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects:


September 19, 2014 8:00am – 4:00pm

Come out and join us for the second annual PARK(ing) Day Providence!

This year, PARK(ing) Day Providence will have 32 parklets in Downtown, the West Side, and the East Side and a protected bike lane on Broadway. We can’t express our thanks enough to the Downtown Improvement District, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, the Department of Public Works, the City of Providence, and all of our amazing sponsors.

Check out the maps to plan your tour of the parklets on the 19th!

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – September 8, 2014

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Monday, September 8, 2014 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

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Image from Google Street View

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of July 14, 2014

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 14.16: 1 Chestnut Street (Beneficent House) – Public Hearing Proposal by Beneficent House to replace existing exterior signage on site with a new, consistent signage system. The applicant also requests a waiver from D-1 Regulations prohibiting freestanding signs. The proposal includes the installation of two new freestanding signs, one of which is replacing an existing freestanding sign.

Adjournment


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UPDATED: City Council to consider abandonment of a portion of Orange Street

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Orange Street from Weybosset Street. Image from Google Street View

Update: September 8th, 2014

Word on the street is this abandonment is being requested to build a parking garage on the combined lots. Per updated zoning, the garage would require retail frontage on Weybosset Street.

The petition to the City Council pdf was signed by William J. Piccerelli for Weybosset Orange LLC and Joseph R. Paolino, Jr. for 93 Weybosset, LLC.

I do not know if the City Council passed this, if they did, it would then go to the City Plan Commission for review and approval.


The portion of Orange Street sought to be abandoned is flanked by two surface parking lots and runs from Weybosset to Middle Street, the section between the buildings out to Westminster is not part of the abandonment.

29. Petition from Moses Afonso Ryan, 160 Westminster Street, Suite 400, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, requesting to abandon a portion of Orange Street between Weybosset Street and Middle Street.

If the City Council approves this, it will then go to the City Plan Commission for discussion and a vote. No information on what the requested abandonment is for.

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City Plan Commission Meeting – August 19, 2014

featured-bikeped City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from June 29th meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

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Adrian Hall Way – Image from Google Street View

1. Referral 3381 – Petition to abandon Adrian Hall Way The applicant, Trinity Repertory Company, is requesting to abandon the entirety of Adrian Hall Way including AP 25 Lot 179 – for action (Downtown)

2. Referral 3382 – Petition to abandon a portion of Stanhope Street The applicant intends to abandon the portion of Stanhope Street adjacent to AP 97 Lot 12 to add to the area of the lot – for action (Charles)

Minor Subdivision

3. Case No. 14-027 MI – 345 Harris Ave The applicant is requesting to subdivide a lot at 345 Harris Ave measuring approximately 183,884 SF into two lots measuring 29,585 SF and 154,299 SF respectively – for action (AP 27 Lot 284, Valley)

Public Informational Meeting Major Land Development Project

4. Case No. 14-028MA – 345 Harris Ave (Master Plan Approval) The applicant is seeking master plan approval to develop the subdivided portion of the subject lot as a parking lot that will provide 86 parking spaces. Public comment will be taken – for action (AP 27 Lot 84, Olneyville)

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→ ProJo: R.I. convention authority to fund parking garage construction behind Garrahy courthouse

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The R.I. Convention Center Authority said Tuesday it will put up the $43 million needed to build a parking garage adjacent to the Garrahy Judicial Complex on Dorrance Street in downtown Providence.

“The transformation of the current surface parking lot represents a unique opportunity to addres current parking capacity deficiencies and provide a mechanism to promote economic development,” said James Bennett, the convention center authority’s chairman.

Bennett also serves as economic development chief for the City of Providence.


No word on a possible RIPTA hub in the article.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – July 14, 2014

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Monday, July 14, 2014 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of May 12, 2014 and June 9, 2014

New Business

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159 Weybosset Street. Image from Google Street View.

1. DRC Application No. 14.13: 159 Weybosset Street Proposal to remove an egress door on the north elevation, create a new opening on the east elevation for a new egress door, and to construct a new handicap ramp on the property.

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Burnside Park. Image from Google Street View.

2. DRC Application No. 14.14 2 Kennedy Plaza (Burnside Park) Proposal to install a new pathway across the park, modify the existing fencing at new entry points, install new granite steps at the Burnside Statue, install lighting, and construct a new granite arch at the corner of Exchange Street and Exchange Terrace.

Adjournment


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→ PBN: Regency Plaza owners plan new addition to apartment complex

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Image from Bing Maps

Richard Lappin, co-owner of Regency Plaza LLC and president of Lisco Development, said the new building would be either five or six stories, but declined to go into more detail because of the early stage of the project.

The owners are asking the City Plan Commission, at their meeting this evening, to abandon part of the width of Broadway (as well as the right turn lane from the Service Road) to make way for the project.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – June 9, 2014

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Monday, June 9, 2014 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of May 12, 2014
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

1. Pre-Application Review: 201 Washington Street (Majestic/Lederer Theater, now Trinity Repertory Theater) Proposal to install three (3) digital monitors on the roof of the building (northwest elevation). This item is for discussion only. No action will be taken by the DRC at this meeting.

2. DRC Application No. 14.10: 111 Mathewson Street (1930’s addition to Arnold Building) Proposal by Blake’s Tavern to create new wall openings and to install a new entrance and storefronts on the Mathewson Street elevation, and to reopen window openings and install new windows and a storefront window on the Maiden Lane elevation. Work also includes the installation of signage and an awning.

Adjournment


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→ ProJo: Procaccianti Group proposes extended-stay hotel for downtown Providence

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The ProJo reports that The Procaccianti Group (TPG) will announce tomorrow a proposal to tear down the Fogarty Building on Fountain Street to build an extended stay hotel:

The Procaccianti Group is expected to announce plans Tuesday to “build a premium-branded upscale extended-stay hotel” in Providence, right across the street from the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, on the site of what is now the John E. Fogarty Memorial Building.

Paul Sacco, chief development officer for PGI Hospitality, said the project “represents a $40-million private investment in Providence.”

TPG already has a 7-year old ‘temporary’ surface parking lot at the site of the Old Public Safety Complex just down the block.

See also:
Providence Business News: Procaccianti Group plans 170-room downtown hotel
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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – May 12, 2014

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Monday, May 12, 2014 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of April 14, 2014
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

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Image from Google Street View

1. DRC Application No. 14.8: 20 Westminster Street (Merchants Bank Building) Proposal to create ten (10) new wall openings for the installation of new windows on the east façade; and to create a new opening for the installation of a new a new egress door on the Jerry Street (alley) elevation of the building.

Adjournment


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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – April 14, 2014

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The George C. Arnold (“Narrow”) Building on Washington Street.

featured-drc Downtown Design Review Committee
Monday, April 14, 2014 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of March 10,2014
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 14.4: 250 Westminster Street (Alice Building) Proposal by Cornish Associates to replace the existing window system with a new window system, and to install a new awning system on the Union Street elevation of the building.

2. DRC Application No. 14.5: 100 Washington Street (Arnold Building) Proposal by David Stem to restore the entire building, including the installation of new storefronts on the Washington Street elevation.

Adjournment


Full disclosure: I work for Cornish Associates.
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Providence Streetcar to apply for TIGER VI grant funding

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The Obama administration announced a new round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants (known as TIGER VI) with an extremely short turn-around for submitting applications, they are due April 28th.

The City of Providence applied for a TIGER grant last year, RIDOT also submitted a bid for Apponaug which was supported by the Governor. The Apponaug project was awarded a TIGER grant, and while there isn’t direct competition built into the grant process per-say, it is thought that Providence’s streetcar bid lost out to Kansas City’s streetcar which had more secure funding in place at the time. Providence’s 2013 TIGER grant application included a funding plan, but unlike Kansas City’s successful application, steps had not yet been taken to implement that funding.

Capital costs for the project (costs incurred to build it) are estimated to be $117.8 million (2016 dollars). Funding will come from City TIF Bonds, Federal funds, Rhode Island Capital Plan funds, RIPTA CMAQ funds, and a RIDOT land transfer.

In the next month, Providence plans to work further toward implementation of funding by working with the Providence City Council Ordinance Committee to approve a TIF plan for the streetcar district. This funding represents 50% of the projected cost of the project and will be one of the sources for operations revenue after the project is complete.

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Skating season at Providence Rink extended to March 23, 2014

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Photo (cc) Josh McGinn

Ice Skating Season at The Providence Rink at The Bank Of America City Center Extended Until Sunday March 23rd

PROVIDENCE – There’s good news and bad news about March weather. The bad news is that it looks like March temperatures will remain below normal for the rest of the month, delaying any spring-like weather for us. But there is good news! The unseasonably cold temperatures will allow the downtown Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center to extend its ice skating season through March 23rd, one week later than originally scheduled. The later closing means more time to make reservations for birthday parties, business or social group outings and private events on full ice. Dates for reservations are currently open. Also, our new penguin skate aids are available for kids who may need some help to stay steady on their skates. Join us for ice skating in the center of Downcity as the Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center marks the end of its 15th season.

Special Weekday Hours for Monday, March 17 to Friday, March 21: 5pm to 10pm
Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23 hours: 11am to 10pm

Once the ice skating season draws to a close, The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center will transform into a premier event center from April to October. The Providence Rink is a perfect location to host all types of summer events, with over 14,000 square feet of space available in the heart of downtown. The versatile space can accommodate over 1000 guests for private events such as conferences and weddings and over 2000 guests for public events such as festivals and concerts. Open air, partially tented, or fully-tented, an event at the Providence Rink is a unique experience! Event applications are still being accepted for the upcoming 2014 summer and fall season.

For additional information on the ice skating and event center season, please visit ProvidenceRink.com or call 401.331.5544.

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City Plan Commission Meeting – March 18, 2014

featured-bikeped City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from the February 25th meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3374 – Petition to abandon a portion of Eddy Street – The applicant is requesting to abandon a portion of Eddy Street – for action (Downtown)

Institutional Master Plan

2. Amendment of RISD’s Institutional Master Plan (IMP) – The applicant is seeking to amend their IMP to reflect the acquisition or lease of the building at 189 Canal Street for office, studios or classrooms. The amendment will also provide information on parking and progress of construction projects – for action

Major Land Development Project

3. Case No. 14-003MA – 35 Holden Street – The applicant is proposing to construct a one story parking deck in the D-2 zone measuring approximately 27,552 SF over an existing parking area. A total of 176 parking spaces will be provided – for action (AP 4 Lot 255, Smith Hill)

Re:Zoning Providence

4. Update on Re: Zoning Providence – Presentation detailing the organization of the zoning ordinance and the content of articles one through five
– for discussion

Adjournment


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Downtown Design Review Committee meeting – March 10, 2014

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Monday, March 10, 2014 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of December 9, 2013
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 14.2: 76 Westminster Street (Turks Head Building) Proposal by 76 Westminster Street, LLC to replace the existing revolving door with a new entry door system and ATM (for Bank RI) on the Westminster Street elevation of the building.

Adjournment


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→ ProJo: In Providence, moving bus shelters a first step toward new vision for downtown plaza

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Image from Bing Maps

The city is proposing to move the two “eastern-most shelters” to a sidewalk of vacant land owned by the Providence Redevelopment Agency, an arm of the city’s Department of Planning and Development, on Exchange Street. The triangle-shaped, grass area next to the downtown post office is bordered by Exchange Terrace, Exchange Street and Memorial Boulevard.

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