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City Plan Commission Meeting – January 15, 2013

Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development • 1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from November 20th 2012 meeting – for action
  • Approval of minutes from December 18th 2012 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Major Land Development Project

1. Case No. 12-011 MA – 257 Thayer Street (Final Plan Approval) The CPC approved the preliminary plan to construct a four story mixed use building with 95 dwelling units, underground parking and a landscaped courtyard in December 2012. The applicant is seeking final plan approval subject to fulfillment of preliminary plan conditions – for action (AP 13 Lots 42, 48, 104, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238 and 241, College Hill)

See also: UPDATED: Graduate student housing apartment building proposed on Thayer Street

Institutional Master Plan

2. Amendment of Providence College’s Institutional Master Plan (IMP) The applicant is seeking to amend the IMP to reflect the institution’s requests for street abandonments and changes to the Institutional Overlay Zone – for action (Elmhurst)

See also: Letter to the campus from P.C.’s President regarding their PILOT agreement

City Council Referral

3. Referral 3359 – Abandonment of portions of Huxley Avenue, Wardlaw Avenue and Cumberland Street Petition by Providence College to abandon Huxley Avenue between AP 119 lot 8 and lot 229 and Cumberland Street between AP 81 lot 189 and lot 195 and Wardlaw Avenue from AP 81 lot 186 to lot 189 – for action (Elmhurst)

4. Referral 3360 – Extension of I-2 overlay zone Petition by Providence College to extend the I-2[1] overlay district to include certain lots on Wardlaw Avenue and Cumberland Street – for action (Elmhurst, AP 81 Lots 186, 188 and 189-196)

See also: Presumed Parking Lot-ification

CPC Administration

5. Election of Officers Election of CPC officers – for discussion and action

Adjournment



[1] I-2 Educational Institutions – This zone is intended to permit higher education institutions and their expansion in a planned manner while protecting the surrounding neighborhoods. (Providence Zoning Ordinance)

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Presumed Parking Lot-ification

House Demolished at Cumberland and Wardlaw Streets

For the past week or so, there has been a string of caution tape between two cones in front of a house on Cumberland St. Next door: a vacant lot, and next to that, a house that has had the same tape and some chain link propped against it for about a year.

A few days ago, I noticed the property behind the cones had its electrical meter and wires disconnected.

Last night, while walking my dog, I happened to catch a Providence College security guard tidying up the caution tape. I asked if he had any news what’s happening with this property. He told me they were being torn down for parking.

“That’s unfortunate,” I said.

He shrugged.

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Updated: City Plan Commission Meeting – April 24, 2012

Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development
1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of meeting minutes from February 28, 2012 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report – DPD personnel changes / CPC membership changes

Minor Subdivision

1. Case No. 12-005MI – 479 Washington Street (Preliminary Plan Approval) The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval to subdivide the existing lot measuring 14,610 SF with two buildings, into two lots measuring 8,438 SF and 6,172 SF. The subdivision would create a separate lot for each building. (Federal Hill, AP 29 Lot 40, C-4) – for action

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Davis Park Farmer’s Market

We are very pleased to announce the start of our Farmers’ Market at Davis Park next Sunday, July 11th from 11am-2pm. Our market will run through October 31st.

Sunday, August 1st will be the first of our Family Fun days which will be held monthly during the markets and will feature activities for the kids.

Please come and join in the fun, shop for your fresh fruit, veggies and artisan products while supporting local businesses and farmers!

Elmhurst Clean & Green

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Farmer’s Market: Davis Park

Davis Park
Photo by M.Coolidge

Last weekend, I went to my first Providence farmer’s market. Yeah, I’m a little late to this party, but now that there is a farmer’s market in my neighborhood, I really had no excuse. My girlfriend and I biked down the street to the newly improved Davis Park where the Elmhurst Clean and Green folks sponsor the market.
We bought some delicious veggies, tasted some yummy samples, and listened to live music. In addition, there were folks selling flowers and pumpkins.

Recently, Elmhurst Clean and Green organized not only a cleanup of the park, but installation of playground equipment and community garden space.
Davis ParkPlaygroundMarketMarket
Images from flickr: Elmhurst Clean and Green

The farmer’s market continues Sundays 10am-1pm (TODAY!) through October 25th at Davis Park off Chalkstone Ave near the intersection of Oakland Ave/Raymond St. (RIPTA 56)

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City Plan Commission Meeting – September 15, 2009

Notice of Regular Meeting • Tuesday, September 15, 2009 • 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium
400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes: August 18, 2009

Director’s Report

Discussion with commission members to determine schedule and dates for presentation of future neighborhood plans.

Land Development Project

1. Case No. 09-002MA – 175 Broad Street (Public Informational Meeting) Request for Master Plan stage approval for the proposed commercial development of the property located at 175 Broad Street. The subject property is bounded by Service Road No. 7, Broad Street and Cahir Street (AP 24, Lot 603). (Upper South Providence) Continued from the CPC meeting on July 21, 2009.

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Providence Tomorrow

2. Neighborhood Plan Presentation Presentation of College Hill/Fox Point/Wayland and Upper South Providence/Lower South Providence/Elmwood neighborhood plans by DPD staff. The plans will be reviewed by the Commission and public comment will be taken. Public comment on the Olneyville/Valley/Smith Hill and Elmhurst/Mt. Pleasant plans will also be taken. The items were continued to allow more time for public review. Comments on the Hope/Mt. Hope/Blackstone plan will be taken at the October meeting. The Commission may choose to act to adopt one or more of the neighborhood plans under consideration.

Adjournment

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City Plan Commission – August 18, 2009

As Matt noted, CPC next week is devoted to the Elmhurst and Mount Pleasant neighborhood plans:

Notice of Regular Meeting • Tuesday, August 18, 2009 • 4:45 PM
Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium
400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes: July 21, 2009

Director’s Report

Providence Tomorrow

1. Neighborhood Plan Presentation Presentation of Olneyville/Valley/Smith Hill and Elmhurst/Mt. Pleasant neighborhood plans by DPD staff. The plans will be reviewed by the Commission and public comment will be taken. The commission will also take public comment on the Washington Park/Elmwood and Hope/Mt. Hope/Blackstone plans presented at the Commission’s July meeting. The Commission continued the item to allow more time for public review of the plans. The Commission may choose to act to adopt one or more of the neighborhood plans presented at the July and August meetings.

Adjournment

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Elmhurst and Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Plan

Based on the Providence Tomorrow Charrettes that took place last year, the final draft of the Elmhurst and Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Plan is now available for review on the Planning Department’s website.

Documents to review include:

The City Plan Commission will be reviewing the plans and taking public comment on August 18th at 4:45pm at 400 Westminster Street, 4th floor. Any comments received by phone or email will also be provided to the Commission members.

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Smith Street Update

Despite some tough economic times, there have been a lot of positive changes on Smith Street in the last year and in the last few months in particular.

Smith Street is one of those streets that has amazing potential to be a great urban masterpiece with shops and services lining its curbs all the way to North Providence and great communities branching off in all directions.

Below, I’d like to point out some of the changes we’re seeing heading West from the State house:

Where Bob’s Market used to be…

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This used to be a corner store that was typical for the area, but a few months ago chain link went up around the building and I assumed the worst. Much to my surprise, within that fencing came renovations not demolition! Clearly, much work was being done on the interior, but even more visible was the transformation taking place outside. New awnings, brick pedestal-flanked iron fences, new windows, and new brick siding have totally metamorphosed the property.

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Elmhurst Neighborhood Cleanup – April 25, 2009

From Elmhurst Clean & Green:

Hi folks,

Major Spring clean up this Sat 4/25. Meet 9-9:45am at parking lot of Nathanael Greene school for coffee and instructions. Tools, bags, gloves and water will be provided. Will go until about 1pm. Cleaning several areas to include Smith from Academy to Oakland, Eaton from PC to Douglas, Davis Park, etc. Assisting us will be PC and LaSalle students, local youth baseball teams and neighbors.

Please join us and bring a few friends! Don’t forget your sun block and sneakers. If you have any further questions, please email us.

Thanks and hope to see you there.

Best regards,

Robin
EC&G

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New “Downtown” 5K?

st-pat-5kI received an e-mail a while back screaming the headline “New Downtown 5k!” about the new St. Patrick’s Day 5K coming up this Saturday on March 21st. “Awesome!” I initially thought… “Sign me up…”

I’ve run in the CVS Downtown 5K for the last 4 summers and have always enjoyed it. Hosting several thousand runners, many of whom are from out of town, the race is a fantastic showcase for the city. It starts with runners streaming down Francis Street by the Mall and the route then takes them through the best of downtown as they snake through downcity towards Fox Point along the river, then up North Main Street past RISD, and they finish by looping back along South Main and Memorial drive to a dramatic Statehouse finish as they race up Francis Street.

So a new “downtown” race should be great, right? Well, I look a look at the route… It starts at the Statehouse. Great! Then, um, huh… They run west on Smith Street… Ok, do they turn left down Orms towards the Promenade? Uh, nope, they just keep going west on Smith Street to Elmhurst. Uh, OK, what next? They do a little loop before reaching Providence College and they then turn back around and run back east on Smith Street until they reach the Statehouse again…

Now, don’t get me wrong. It sounds like a great race. I love Smith Street and they’ve already got over 2000 runners registered. If fact, you’ve got to sign-up online by tomorrow if you want to get in yourself. But calling this a “downtown” 5K? I don’t think so…

The Elmhurst St. Pat’s 5K? Or the Smith Street 5K? Sure… But “downtown” is something of a stretch. I’m glad that some people out there believe that Smith St and Elmhurst are or should be part of downtown but, for the moment, this marketing effort seems a bit forced…

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City Plan Commission Agenda – April 22, 2008

The City Plan Commission meets today at 4:45pm in the Planning Department’s 4th Floor Conference Room at 400 Westminster Street.

Opening Session

  • Call to Order at 4:45 p.m.
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of March 18, 2008
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivisions

  • Case No. 08-009MI 36 and 42 Wilna Street (AP 77, Lots 871 and 872)
    Request to subdivide two lots (zoned R-1) into one lot of 6,000-sf and two lots of 5,000-sf. The subject property is located on the south side of Wilna Street near the intersection of Milano Street. (Charles)
  • Case No. 08-013MI Silver Lake Avenue (AP 110, Lot 480)
    Request to subdivide one lot of 15,931-sf (zoned R-3) into two lots of 6,352-sf and 9,579-sf. The subject property is located on the south side of Silver Lake Avenue between Union Avenue and Prudence Avenue. (Silver Lake)

Land Development Projects

  • Case No. 08-004MA 539-551 Smith Street (Public Informational Meeting/Public Hearing)
    Request to combine Master Plan and Preliminary Plan stages of review and for Preliminary Plan stage approval of a new commercial development. The project consists of the renovation of an existing commercial building and the construction of two new commercial buildings. The subject property is located on the north side of Smith Street between Ruggles Street and Oakland Avenue (AP 69, Lots 13, 14, 22, 37 & 352). (Smith Hill) This item was continued from the CPC meeting on March 18, 2008.
  • Case No. 08-006MA 705-735 Elmwood Avenue, RIPTA Para-Transit Storage and Maintenance Facility (Public Informational Meeting)
    Request to combine Master Plan and Preliminary Plan stages of review and for Preliminary Plan stage approval for the construction of a new storage and maintenance facility for Rhode Island Public Transit Authority’s (RIPTA) para-transit bus fleet. The subject property is located on the west side of Elmwood Avenue adjacent to Russell Street (AP 60, Lots 37, 123, 131 & 136). (Elmwood) This item was continued from the CPC meeting on March 18, 2008.
  • Case No. 08-011MA 340 & 350 Kinsley Avenue, Nicholson File Complex (Public Informational Meeting)
    Request for Master Plan stage approval for the redevelopment of the complex into a mixed-use development consisting of 98 residential units and 81,000-sf of commercial space. The subject property is located on the south side of Kinsley Avenue near the intersection of Acorn Street and Tingley Street (AP 27, Lots 5 and 16). (Valley)

Adjournment

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Elmhurst Neighborhood Cleanup

Friends of Elmhurst, a neighborhood organization, will be discussing a neighborhood cleanup event to be held in March. The group meets the first Monday of every month at 6:30pm at 700 Capitol Ridge off of Smith Street.

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Elmhurst Charrette

img_0454-2I received a postcard in the mail last week reminding me that the Providence Tomorrow Neighborhood Charrette for Elmhurst and Mt. Pleasant, my neighborhood, was this week. That’s right, February 25-27 at Triggs Memorial Golf Course. If you were wondering, here’s what you missed today:

  • Neighborhood Character 9-11am
  • Commercial Corridors 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Infrastructure 2-4pm
  • Livable Neighborhoods 6-9pm

I arrived around 7:30 this evening, and there was a group of about 15 residents participating. Not a huge showing, but I suspect more than a few folks had trouble finding many details of when and where to be.

So, if you would like to be involved in the discussion, here’s what’s on the agenda for the next two days:

Tuesday February 26th:

  • Parks/Recreation/Open Space 9am-11am
  • Community Safety 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Connecting Neighborhoods 2-4pm
  • Neighborhood Visioning 6-9pm

Wednesday February 27th:

  • Final Presentation 5-7pm
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