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City Plan Commission Meeting, July 17

Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, July 17, 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 minutes from June 19th, 2012 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Major Land Development Project

1. Case No. 12-026MI – 125 Pitman Street The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval to construct a 25 unit, five story apartment building. – for action (Fox Point, AP 15 Lots 408, 410 and 411)

2. Case No. 12-027MI – 66 Huber Avenue The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval to construct a 40 unit apartment building. (Manton, AP 80 Lot 894) – for action

Adjournment


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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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