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Taveras attends City Design conference, focus on 195 land east of the river

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The Press Release below details the Mayor’s trip to Charleston to attend the Mayors Institute on City Design. He will be focusing on the redevelopment of the 195 land especially east of the river.

The 195 land in the Jewelry District (west of the river) has been grabbing all the attention and headlines, there’s been little talk about what should or could happen on the east side.

The last conversation we had here about the east side of the river I think was exactly two years ago; when we discussed lot sizes.

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“My Time With The Mayor” Community Meetings Schedule

My Time With The Mayor

Mayor Taveras and City Hall directors will meet monthly with residents across the city.

Mayor Angel Taveras is pleased to continue My Time with the Mayor, a monthly opportunity for the Mayor and senior members of his administration to meet with citizens from every neighborhood in the City.

At each My Time with the Mayor event, which will be held at different locations throughout Providence, Mayor Taveras and City Hall Department Directors will be available to meet one-on-one with residents, answer their questions and seek to resolve any concerns.

Each My Time with the Mayor event is two hours long, and residents are invited to meet with Mayor Taveras or members of his senior administration on a first-come, first-served basis.

“One of the best things about being the Mayor is the opportunity I get to meet personally with the residents of Providence. I look forward to continuing the My Time with the Mayor program, and encourage citizens to come share their thoughts with me and other members of my leadership team,” said Mayor Taveras.

My Time with the Mayor will be held from 5-7PM on:

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News & Notes

Proposed Fox Point mural sparks controversy

“It was ghetto stuff,” says George Goulart, owner of Aqua-Life Aquarium, a Wickenden Street store adorned by a coral reef-themed mural. “That was not the project that I had donated $500 to. I never imagined they’d propose such a surrealistic, cartoonish thing.”

“A mural there says this is a neighborhood in distress,” she says. “We have lived through cocaine dealing, bar brawls, vandalism and bullet holes through our windows. I certainly do not wish to be across from a school that, by design, will come to look like an abandoned subway car or a highway overpass in the Bronx.”

Oh my!

Stop calling it the Knowledge District

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m not really down with this movement to rebrand the Jewelry District as the Knowledge District. Have to agree with Mr. Kane on this one.

“Think of the success of the Meatpacking District and Soho [neighborhoods in New York City]. People love the idea of being tied to something historic,” said Colin Kane, principal at The Peregrine Group, an East Providence real estate firm that has done work in the district.

Especially so as Boston is looking to brand the Seaport area (which itself is a manufactured place name) as the “Inovation District.” Boston’s Seaport is one of those places where there is no there there and Innovation District seems a suitable name for a placeless place. The Jewelry District sets itself apart as a place that already exists and has a history.

Boston Looks At Plans To Deal With Rising Ocean

Ideas to solve the problem include raising the entrances to the city’s subway and highway tunnels, moving electrical equipment out of downtown basements and onto roofs and zoning changes that discourage construction in high-risk areas.

Something we should probably be thinking about too.

Not from the Onion! Black Rock, CO bans bikes on some city streets

“If you go down Main Street there is not much room for a bicyclist, a bus or a car, a truck,” said Mike Copp, Black Hawk city manager. “We are trying to promote safety.”

The city manager said the casino owners knew about the law and support it.

Well, as long as the casino owners are aware and on board.

Reinventing the Parking Lot

Designing livable cities

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City Plan Commission Meeting (04/27)

PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010 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 from March 16th 2010- for action
PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

1. College Hill, Wayland & Fox Point and Waterfront Neighborhood Plans
Vote by Commission members regarding the development potential of the “Shooters” site based on the approved neighborhood plans including an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to prohibit residential use on the parcel. No additional public comment will be taken – for action. (Fox Point)

ZONE CHANGE

2. Referral 3326 – Petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance for inclusion of a new W-4 district and to change the zoning of certain parcels from W-3 to W-4
The petitioner requests that the Zoning Ordinance and corresponding Zoning Maps be amended to describe and depict a new W-4 (Working Waterfront Protection) district. Also requested is the addition of certain uses including but not limited to commercial, retail, cultural and recreational in the W-3 zone.
The changes will affect Articles I, II, IV and X of the Zoning Ordinance. – for action. (Upper, Lower South Providence and Washington Park)

CITY COUNCIL REFERRAL

3. Referral 3324 – Petition to abandon a portion of Briggs Street
Petition to abandon the portion of Briggs Street east of Eddy Street – for action. (Lower South Providence)

ZONE CHANGE

4. Referral 3327 – Petition to change the Zoning of Lot 892 on Assessor’s Plat 80 from R-2 to C-2
The petitioner requests that the zoning of Lot 892 be changed from R-2 (Two Family Residential) to C-2 (General Commercial). – for action. (Manton)

5. Referral 3325 – Petition to change the zoning of Lots 340 and 352 on Asessor’s Plat 26 from R-G to C-2
The petitioner requests that Lots 340 and 352 (76-92 Dean Street) be changed from R-G (General Residence) to C-2(General Commercial). – for action. (Federal Hill)

ADJOURNMENT

Agenda [.pdf]

The Providence Department of Planning & Development is now on Twitter, check them out at @ProvPlanning.

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Fox Point Hurricane Barrier

Information about Hurricane Sandy.

Fox Point Hurricane Barrier

Ealier today, the city officially turned control of the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier over to the Army Corp of Engineers.

The transfer from city to federal control will save the city approximately half a million dollars a year in operating expenses. The Army Corp will also be spend $4 million on needed repairs, money that the city obviously does not have.

Mayor David Cicilline (D-Providence)

Providence Mayor David Cicilline

“This effort is a win-win for everyone because it puts the federal resources behind the maintenance and repair of the Hurricane Barrier and is an important cost savings measure for taxpayers,” said Mayor Cicilline.

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)

“For nearly fifty years this system has protected city residents and local business, but after Hurricane Katrina hit in August of 2005, the federal government undertook a careful review of critical flood control systems around the country. Following that review, we determined that the Army Corps of Engineers should take management and financial responsibility for Fox Point Hurricane Barrier. This transfer of all future operation and maintenance of the system to the Army Corps will protect the downtown area and our state’s economy and will save Providence millions of dollars,” said Senator Reed.

All that is well and good, but frankly, I was there to take pictures. So here they are:

Inside

Hurricane Barrier

Hurricane Barrier

Hurricane Barrier

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City Plan Commission Meeting (02/23)

PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010 – 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 revised meeting minutes of December 1st
Approval of meeting minutes of January 19th 2010
Presentation to Commission members regarding Ethics Commission filing requirements.

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

1. Neighborhood Plan Presentations – Presentation of the Charles/Wanskuck and West End/Federal Hill/ Reservoir
neighborhood plans by DPD staff.

The plans will be reviewed by the Commission and public comment will be taken. The Commission may choose to act to adopt one or more of the neighborhood plans presented.

LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

2. Case No. 09-050MA – 395 Promenade Street (Master Plan Approval)
The applicant is seeking Master Plan Approval to reuse approximately 2,600 SF of the southwest portion of an existing 2 story building and construct a new 23,000 SF one story laboratory building. Onsite parking will be provided. The property abuts Promenade and Bath Streets. This item was continued from the CPC meeting on January 19, 2010. (AP 67 Lots 341, 522 and 523) (Smith Hill)

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

Shooters
Photo by Jef Nickerson

3. College Hill, Wayland & Fox Point Neighborhood Plan
Continuation of the discussion between Commission members and staff regarding the development potential of the “Shooters” site based on the approved neighborhood plan. No additional public comment will be taken.

ADJOURNMENT
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City Plan Commission Meeting (01/19)

PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2010 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: December 1st and 15th, 2009
Approval of the CPC meeting schedule for the 2010 calendar year
Designation of Recording Secretary

CITY COUNCIL REFERRAL


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1. Referral 3321 – Petition to abandon a portion of Penrose Avenue
Petition to abandon the unimproved portion of Penrose Avenue. (Blackstone)

LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT


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2. Case No. 09-050MA – 395 Promenade Street (Master Plan Approval)
The applicant is seeking Master Plan Approval to reuse approximately 2,600 SF of the southwest portion of an existing 2 story building and construct a new 23,000 SF one story laboratory building. The building will be used as a blood bank. Onsite parking will be provided. The property abuts Promenade and Bath Streets. (AP 67 Lots 341, 522 and 523) (Smith Hill)

The applicant has requested that this item be continued to the February 23, 2010 meeting.

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

3. College Hill, Wayland & Fox Point Neighborhood Plan
Continuation of the discussion between Commission members and staff regarding the development potential of the “Shooters” site based on the approved neighborhood plan. The discussion will also address the legal issues surrounding downzoning the site. No additional public comment will be taken.

4. Neighborhood Plan Presentations
Presentation of the West End/Federal Hill/ Reservoir, Charles/Wanskuck and Hartford/Manton/Silver Lake neighborhood plans by DPD staff. The plans will be reviewed by the Commission and public comment will be taken. The Commission may choose to act to adopt one or more of the neighborhood plans presented.

ADJOURNMENT

Agenda

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