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City Plan Commission Meeting – November 19, 2013

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from October 15th
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivision

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43 Benefit Street – Image from Google Street View

1. Case No. 13-035MI – 43 Benefit Street meeting – for action The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot measuring approximately 19,040 SF into three lots measuring approximately 6,135 SF, 6,071 SF and 6,833 SF – for action (AP 9 Lot 174, College Hill)

City Council Referral

2. Referral 3368 – An ordinance in amendment of Section 303 of the Zoning Ordinance A petition to amend Section 303 of the Zoning Ordinance to permit group quarters/halfway houses in M-1 zones with a special use permit – for action

3. Referral 3370 – Petition to amend the future land use map of the comprehensive plan The petitioner is requesting that the future land use map of Providence Tomorrow: The Comprehensive Plan be amended to change the land use designation of an area bounded by Prairie Avenue, Chester Street and Blackstone Street from medium density residential to general commercial/mixed use – for action

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New building at site of Clarke Flowers to house City Kitty

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From Preserve Providence’s Hope Street:

Peter Scotti has entered a sales agreement with Cathy Lund, owner of City Kitty, for the purchase of the site. Dr. Lund plans to erect a new building with a cat vet practice, 1-2 professional tenants and 3 apartments. This plan will require zoning approval and is headed toward a November 2013 hearing. Scotti and Lund met with a small group of abutters who were pleased with their plans and responsiveness.

While it is always sad to lose an historic building, I believe this represents one of the best possible uses for the parcel. The existing building has limited ability to be reused, is undersized for what the corridor could support, and I’ve heard is in a less than optimal state of repair needing a large investment to realize meager possible returns.

The vet center will be low impact as far as traffic is concerned and adding apartments helps build the density in the Hope Street corridor providing a broader customer base for local businesses. There are certainly other undersized buildings in the corridor which would not be missed if they were knocked down for a similar structure that respects the character of the neighborhood while modestly boosting residential density.

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→ RINPR: New Life For Old Train Tunnel May Be in the Works

Gov. Chafee says he’d like to see if it could be opened and used for RIPTA buses. DOT director Michael Lewis says there are no firm plans for the old tunnel and the point of Thursday’s inspection is to see if it’s structurally sound.

I have heard the Governor’s plan could include moving many bus operations from Kennedy Plaza to the Gano Street end of the tunnel and could cost something like a ZILLION dollars. This all sounds very fanciful especially coming from a lame-duck administration. No word from RIPTA about what they think about such a thing.

Also, the tunnel hasn’t been inspected in 20-years!? WTF!?

It does seem a waste to let such a valuable piece of infrastructure sit and rot, what would you do with it?

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Hope Street Cyclovía – September 15, 2013

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Mayor Taveras Hosts Providence Cyclovía on Hope Street

Sunday, September 15 from 11am to 3pm

PROVIDENCE, RI – On Sunday, September 15, Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence will host the last of three Cyclovía events in Providence this summer season. The event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will open Hope Street exclusively for use by bicyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters.

Cyclovía is a car-free event that opens the street for people of all ages to walk, skate, run, bicycle, exercise and socialize. A half-mile stretch of Hope Street, from Rochambeau Avenue to Ninth Street, will be closed to traffic during the event.

The event is sponsored by Mayor Taveras in collaboration with the City’s Healthy Communities Office and the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission. Cyclovía will include bicycle workshops, Zumba, street vendors and more:

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