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→ Fast Company: These Recycled Plastic Dividers Can Create A Bike Lane In A Second

Painted bike lanes are safer for cyclists than riding in the middle of the road, but bike lanes that are separated with a curb are even better. For example, one study found that cyclists in separated lanes had 80% fewer accidents than those in regular bike lanes. But it’s often tricky to convince city governments to take the extra, more concrete step of separation. One product from a U.K. design firm aims to help.

The “Armadillo” is a low-slung recycled plastic bump that can be installed along the edge of a bike lane. Set at an angle, the bumps allow enough space for bikes to ride back out into the street if they need to, something that isn’t as easy with a full concrete curb. But it still keeps cars out.

→ Mashable: London to Test ‘Smart’ Crosswalks

The system, called Pedestrian Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique (SCOOT) uses cameras to figure out how many people are waiting to cross the street and adjusts traffic signals accordingly. So if there is a large crowd waiting, for example, the signal to walk will last longer, giving the crowd more time to cross the street.

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→ ProJo: Reviving Olneyville: Providence plan seeks overhaul of public housing


A strategy is being developed to give the low-income [Manton Heights housing] development an overhaul and link it to the rest of Olneyville — one of Providence’s poorest neighborhoods, but a community improving with a helping hand from residents, the city, business owners and nonprofit groups.

Called Build Olneyville, the ambitious plan calls for replacing the development’s buildings with contemporary housing and reconfiguring the layout so there are through streets and mixed-income families living side by side. They also want to double Manton Heights, create jobs and add community amenities for the whole neighborhood, including a new early learning center.

The goal is to inject Olneyville with $100 million — up to $30 million from a federal grant and the rest in public-private partnerships.

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Re:Zoning Providence Public Meeting – March 4, 2014

featured-drc Re:Zoning Providence
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Joseph A. Doorley Municipal Building, 444 Westminster Street, First Floor Cafeteria

Please join us as we discuss the key changes proposed in the draft of the new City of Providence Zoning Ordinance.

Come be a part of a comprehensive overhaul of the Zoning Ordinance, and help us reshape the future of development in Providence.

Public Meeting Agenda

  • Project overview by the City of Providence Department of Planning & Development followed by a presentation by the consultant team outlining the key changes proposed in the draft of the new City of Providence Zoning Ordinance
  • Question & Answer period
  • Open House – Department of Planning & Development staff and the consultant team will be available to talk with you about your issues and concerns.

RE:ZONING PROVIDENCE will help us better preserve, strengthen, and protect the historic pattern of development that is central to the character of our City, as well as to revitalize and further develop the areas of our City that can accommodate additional economic growth.

For more information, please visit the project website at


City Plan Commission Meeting – February 25, 2014

featured-bikeped City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from the January 21st meeting – for action
  • Approval of minutes from the January 28th meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Re: Zoning Providence

1. Update on Re: Zoning Providence Presentation detailing progress on the zoning ordinance revision process and proposed zoning changes developed by the project consultants – for discussion

Minor Land Development Project

2. Case No. 12-027MI – 66 Huber Avenue The project consists of a 40-unit apartment building. This matter was remanded from the Zoning Board of Review, sitting as an appeals board, for more specific findings of fact relating to conformance with the zoning ordinance – for action (AP 80 Lot 894, Manton)

City Council Referral

3. Referral 3373 – Petition to rezone 1710-1718 Westminster Street The applicant is requesting a rezoning of 1710-1718 Westminster Street (AP 35 Lots 219 and 220) from R-3 to M-1 – for action (AP 35 Lots 219 and 220, West End)



CPC to review proposed drive-thru in Olneyville at January 21 28, 2014 meeting


This building in Olneyville was razed last year. Image from Google Streetview

The City Plan Commission meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to the impending storm. It is rescheduled for January 28th.

The block of buildings on Plainfield between Dike and Atwood Streets was razed last January. An anonymous commenter from that post wins the prize as my understanding is a McDonald’s with a drive-thru along with a dollar store is now planned for this location.

As Olneyville attempts to reviatalize itself a fast food restaurant, seperated from the street by parking, with a drive-thru is exactly what the neighborhood does not need. This parcel interrupts what is almost a complete streetwall along the south side of Plainfield Street and through the Square from the Route 6 overpass to the unfortunately placed car wash at the Westminster and Broadway intersection.

Olneyville has the lowest rate of vehicle ownership in the City, who is this drive-thru being built for? McDonald’s, if they want to be in Olneyville, should consider maybe building a walk-up window rather than a drive-thru one.

The developer will be seeking relief for building setback and a special use permit for a drive-thru from the CPC at their meeting on January 21st. See the full CPC agenda below.

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – January 13, 2014

A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at the office of Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence, Rhode Island, on Monday, January 13, 2014, beginning at 4:00 p.m., for the following purposes:

Public Session

Call to Order: The Chairperson

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meetings Held on December 9, 2013.
  3. Executive Director’s Report – Review of Activities during Past Month/Action Plan and Target Activities January – February, 2014.
  4. Further Discussion of Developers Toolkit with Goody Clancy LLC.
  5. Discussion/Vote to Select Firm to Provide Snow Removal Services to the District.
  6. Approval of Selection of Jones Lang LaSalle to Provide Real Estate Brokerage and Advisory Services to the District.
  7. Chairman’s Report – Review of Activities in Past Month and Proposed Future Activities/ Tentative Agenda for February 10, 2014 Meeting.
  8. Vote to Adjourn.


Capital Center Commission Meeting – December 19, 2013

featured-capital-center Capital Center Commission Meeting
Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:00pm
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903


  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Approval of Special Meeting Minutes of October 17, 2013 and Regular Meeting Minutes of November 13, 2013
  3. Acceptance of 2014 CCC Meeting Schedule
  4. Providence Station Plaza
    Presentation of the 90% design project plans for the plaza and the area surrounding the train station
  5. Adjournment


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.