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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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Downtown Design Review Committee meeting – March 10, 2014

featured-drc Downtown Design Review Committee
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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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – December 9, 2013

featured-drc Downtown Design Review Committee
Monday, December 9, 2013 – 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 September 9, 2013 and October 7, 2013
  • Acceptance of 2014 DDRC Meeting Schedule

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 13.27: 75 Weybosset Street (Atlantic Bank Building) The applicant seeks approval for the installation of a painted wall sign for ‘Noon Design Shop’ on the west elevation of the building. (Violation Response)

2. DRC Application No. 13.31: 326 Westminster Street (Kinsley Building) – Public Hearing Proposal by Cornish Associates to restore the building, which includes exterior alterations and the installation of new storefronts. The building is being converted to residential/mixed?use. The applicant is also requesting a Development Incentive, specifically a Density Bonus, for an additional residential unit.

Adjournment


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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – October 7, 2013

featured-drc Downtown Design Review Committee
Monday, October 7, 2013 – 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 September 9, 2013

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 13.13: 270 Weybosset Street (Richmond Building) Proposal by Johnson & Wales University to alter an existing window to a door and to construct a new accessible ramp and on the west elevation (alley side) of the building.

2. DRC Application No. 13.14: 198 Union Street* (Fletcher Building) Proposal by Rhode Island School of Design to renovate a portion of the first floor and to install a new storefront system on the Union Street elevation of the building.

Adjournment


*The former location of the Providence Eagle.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – September 9, 2013

featured-drc Downtown Design Review Committee
Monday, September 9, 2013 – 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 July 8, 2013 and August 5, 2013

New Business

DRC Application No. 13.16: 111 Mathewson Street (1930′s addition to Arnold Building)* Continued review of the proposal by Bookworm Assoc. LLC to modify an existing storefront window, and to create a new wall opening for the installation of a new storefront system on the front elevation of the building.

Other Business

Pre-Application Review: Esplanade at India Pont, 39 Pike Street and 40 Tockwotton Street Proposal by Churchill & Banks to construct a new 29,000-sf addition containing retail/office space at 39 Pike Street; and to construct a new building containing 52 apartments, fitness center, lounge, roof deck, and garage with 170 parking spaces at 40 Tockwotton Street. This item is for discussion only. No action will be taken by the DRC at this meeting.

Adjournment


*Confusingly, this is the Arnold Building which houses Cellar Stories Books (which confusingly is not in a cellar, but on the second floor), not the Narrow Building across the street which is also called the “Arnold Building.”

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – August 5, 2013

Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, August 5, 2013 – 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 June 10, 2013 and July 8, 2013

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 13.15: 274 Weybosset Street – Del Sesto Building (formerly Summerfield Building) Proposal by Johnson and Wales University to construct a new stair tower addition at the rear of the building (south elevation).

2. DRC Application No. 13.16: 111 Mathewson Street (1930′s addition to Arnold Building*) Proposal by Bookworm Assoc. LLC to modify an existing storefront window, and to create a new wall opening for the installation of a new storefront system on the front elevation of the building.

Adjournment


*Confusingly, this is the Arnold Building which houses Cellar Stories Books (which confusingly is not in a cellar, but on the second floor), not the Narrow Building across the street which is also called the “Arnold Building.”

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – July 8, 2013

Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, July 8, 2013 – 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 June 10, 2013

New Business

DRC Application No. 13.13: 44 Hospital Street – Public Hearing Proposal by 44 Hospital Street, LLC to demolish the existing structure located at 44 Hospital Street, and to construct a new six-story mixed-use building on the site. The applicant is requesting a waiver from D-1 Regulations for demolition of the existing building.

Adjournment


This project was denied a variance to minimum parking regulations by the Zoning Board of Review in part on account of neighborhood objection. The project is seeking a variance from the Zoning Board of Review to have fewer than the required minimum parking spaces; the variance is facing neighborhood opposition. The project is seeking fewer parking spaces than a development of its size is mandated to have.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – June 10, 2013

Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, June 10, 2013 – 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 13, 2013

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 12.10: 122 Fountain Street (Diocese House / aka the Sportsman’s Inn) Proposal by 122 Fountain, LLC to install new awnings, handrails and signage as part of the renovation of the building into a hotel. (The project received final approval at the 5/14/12 DRC meeting)

2. DRC Application No. 13.11: 195-197 Pine Street (Plantations Hall) Proposal by Johnson and Wales University to create a new opening on the east fac?ade of the Wales Hall building for the installation of a new door and sidelite.

3. DRC Application 13.12: Burnside Park Proposal by the Department of Parks and Recreation to install an interim use temporary structure as part of programming by Greater Kennedy Plaza/Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy.

Adjournment

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – May 13, 2013

featured-drcNotice of Regular Meeting • Monday, May 13, 2013 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 444 Westminster Street, Providence

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of October 15, 2012 and November 5, 2012
  • Acceptance of DDRC 2013 Meeting Schedule
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

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This building at 44 Hospital Street would be razed to make way for a 6-story apartment building. Image from Bing Maps

1. Pre-Application Review: 44 Hospital Street Proposal to demolish the existing building and construct a new 6-story apartment building. This item is for discussion only. No action will be taken by the DRC at this meeting.

Adjournment

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