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→ PBN: JWU reveals $40M academic building plan for Jewelry District

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Johnson & Wales University Monday unveiled plans for a new $40 million academic building on former Interstate 195 land in Providence’s Jewelry District.

The building will sit at the corner of Friendship and Chestnut Streets and serve the university’s School of Engineering and Design and College of Arts and Sciences, Johnson & Wales said in a news release.

Very exciting! This will also free up their building at the corner of Westminster and Mathewson for other uses.

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→ ProJo: Providence City Council OKs tax treaty revision for Capitol Cove development

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ProJo reports that the City Council has approved a tax-stabilization agreement for the Capitol Cove building in Capital Center. The building will continue to house Johnson & Wales dormitories but the developer hopes to build a 169-unit apartment building next door.

The City Council gave initial approval Wednesday night to change in a tax treaty with the new owners of the Capitol Cove complex on Canal Street to let the building continue as a rented college dormitory, a move the developers said was needed to get financing for a new 169-unit apartment project they want to build on a vacant lot next door.

Added to the 134-units the owners of the Regency are planning and the real estate market appears to be showing signs of recovery in Providence.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – October 7, 2013

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Monday, October 7, 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

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 13.13: 270 Weybosset Street (Richmond Building) Proposal by Johnson & Wales University to alter an existing window to a door and to construct a new accessible ramp and on the west elevation (alley side) of the building.

2. DRC Application No. 13.14: 198 Union Street* (Fletcher Building) Proposal by Rhode Island School of Design to renovate a portion of the first floor and to install a new storefront system on the Union Street elevation of the building.

Adjournment


*The former location of the Providence Eagle.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – August 5, 2013

Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, August 5, 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 June 10, 2013 and July 8, 2013

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 13.15: 274 Weybosset Street – Del Sesto Building (formerly Summerfield Building) Proposal by Johnson and Wales University to construct a new stair tower addition at the rear of the building (south elevation).

2. DRC Application No. 13.16: 111 Mathewson Street (1930’s addition to Arnold Building*) Proposal by Bookworm Assoc. LLC to modify an existing storefront window, and to create a new wall opening for the installation of a new storefront system on the front elevation of the building.

Adjournment


*Confusingly, this is the Arnold Building which houses Cellar Stories Books (which confusingly is not in a cellar, but on the second floor), not the Narrow Building across the street which is also called the “Arnold Building.”

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – June 10, 2013

A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013, beginning at 5:00 p.m., for the following purposes:

Call to Order: The Chairperson

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. To approve the minutes of the meeting held on May 13, 2013. (Tab 1.)
  3. Review and Discussion Regarding Proposed Commission Work Plan and Schedule.
  4. Approval of Request of Johnson & Wales to Use District Property for “Laydown” Area During Construction of New Facility.
  5. Discussion of Fuss & O’Neill Scope of Work for Supplemental Engineering Services.
  6. Approval of Dissolution of Duplicate District Corporate Entity.
  7. Chairman’s Report/Agenda for July 8, 2013 Meeting.
  8. Vote to Adjourn.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – June 10, 2013

Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, June 10, 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 May 13, 2013

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 12.10: 122 Fountain Street (Diocese House / aka the Sportsman’s Inn) Proposal by 122 Fountain, LLC to install new awnings, handrails and signage as part of the renovation of the building into a hotel. (The project received final approval at the 5/14/12 DRC meeting)

2. DRC Application No. 13.11: 195-197 Pine Street (Plantations Hall) Proposal by Johnson and Wales University to create a new opening on the east fac?ade of the Wales Hall building for the installation of a new door and sidelite.

3. DRC Application 13.12: Burnside Park Proposal by the Department of Parks and Recreation to install an interim use temporary structure as part of programming by Greater Kennedy Plaza/Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy.

Adjournment

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→ Brown Daily Herald: Fee on non-R.I. Brown students proposed

Rep. John Carnevale, D-Providence and Johnston, introduced legislation in the General Assembly that would place a $50 fee per semester on every out-of-state student attending Brown, the Rhode Island School of Design and Johnson and Wales University Feb. 14. The money raised from this fee would cover the redevelopment of the land opened up by the relocation of I-195, an area each university included in the fee has expressed interest in acquiring. Carnevale said in a press release he chose to raise funds from these universities because he did not want the state to invest heavily in land that would ultimately benefit “wealthy institutions” more than taxpayers.

“If one of those schools buys some land today, relatively cheap, and sells it five years from now when the area is active and thriving, who will reap the profit? Not the taxpayers,” Carnevale said in the press release.

I’m not prepared at the moment to talk about how damn foolish I think this proposal is, but feel free to discuss amongst yourselves in the comments.

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Providence 2013 State of the City Address


Mayor Angel Taveras

2013 State of the City Address

Providence Is Recovering

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 • (as prepared for delivery)

Photo of the Mayor delivering the State of the City from the Mayor's Office.

Photo of the Mayor delivering the State of the City from the Mayor’s Office.

Governor, Mr. President, honorable members of the Providence City Council, distinguished guests, and my fellow residents of our great Capital City –

One year ago I stood before you in this Chamber with an urgent message for our City and the entire State of Rhode Island. Providence was in peril. Despite many difficult decisions and painful sacrifices made to pull Providence back from the brink, we were still $22 million short of closing a $110 million structural deficit.

Crucial steps necessary to navigate our City safely through our Category 5 fiscal hurricane had not yet come to pass. We still needed to reform our unsustainable pensions. And we needed Providence’s large, tax-exempt institutions to contribute more.

As I stood before you on February 13, 2012, Providence was running out of cash, and running out of time. In the months that followed, there were some who said Providence could not avoid filing for bankruptcy.

BACK FROM THE BRINK

Today it is my privilege to deliver a much more hopeful report on the State of our City: Providence is recovering.

Through collaborative efforts and shared sacrifice, we have all but eliminated our City’s $110 million structural deficit, and we expect to end this year with a balanced budget. Working together, we have accomplished what few believed possible.

We were determined to address the root causes of Providence’s fiscal emergency and prepared to act unilaterally if necessary. And we knew our City would never achieve a lasting recovery without addressing our unsustainable and spiraling pension costs.

In April, following months of actuarial analysis and public testimony, this City Council unanimously approved a pension reform ordinance that put Providence’s pension system on a sustainable path.

We recognized that passing the ordinance would likely lead to a high-stakes lawsuit with no real winners – because a decision in favor of the status quo would push our City over the brink. However, faced with the challenge of negotiating pension changes with more than 2,000 retirees who were not represented by a single entity, we saw no alternative.

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→ PBN: JWU purchases Clifford St. building for $2.8M

Johnson & Wales University has purchased a building in Providence’s former Jewelry District to become the future home of a new physician’s assistant program.

The two story brick building at 157 Clifford St. was sold last week for $2.8 million, said Mike Giuttari, president of MG Commercial Real Estate, which brokered the transaction.

With this purchase, Johnson & Wales’ campus has jumped across the vacant 195 parcel they plan to acquire.

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City Plan Commission Meeting, August 21

Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, August 21, 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 July 17th 2012 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Major Land Development Project

1. Case No. 12-027MI – 66 Huber Avenue The applicant will be presenting a community outreach plan for the subject development – for discussion (Manton, AP 80 Lot 894)

Institutional Master Plan

2. Johnson and Wales University Master Plan Amendment The applicant is seeking an amendment to the current Master Plan for creation of a new academic program in an existing building – for action (Downtown)

Major Land Development Project – Public Hearing

3. Case No. 12-032MA – Creation of expansion parking area (Master/Preliminary Plan reiew) The applicant is seeking to increase the capacity of an existing parking lot from 36 to 96 spaces to accommodate the growth of a business on a proximate lot. The applicant is requesting to combine master and preliminary stages of review – for action (Olneyville, AP 33 (.pdf) Lots 322, 345, 350, 351, 395, 624, 654, 656)

Adjournment

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Downcity Design Review Committee Meeting – June 11, 2012

Notice of Regular Meeting
Monday, June 11, 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 of April 9, 2012 and May 14, 2012

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 12.9: Intersection of Pine and Richmond Street and 35 Richmond Street (Rogers Company Building) Continued review of the proposal by Johnson and Wales University to demolish the existing building located at 35 Richmond Street and to construct a new 750 car open parking structure on the site. Preliminary demolition approval and conceptual approval of the new construction was granted at the 5/14/12 DRC meeting. 

Adjournment



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Downcity Design Review Committee Meeting – May 14, 2012

Notice of Regular Meeting
Monday, May 14, 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 of April 9, 2012

New Business

1. Downtown Zoning Ordinance Report by the Acting Director on the new Downtown Zoning Ordinance.

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Mirabar Nightclub on Richmond Street.

2. DRC Application No. 12.9: Intersection of Pine and Richmond Street and 35 Richmond Street (Rogers Company Building) Public Hearing Proposal by Johnson and Wales University to demolish the existing building located at 35 Richmond Street and to construct a new 700-800 car open parking structure on the site. The applicant is requesting a waiver from DRC regulations relative to the new construction.

3. DRC Application No. 12.10: 122 Fountain Street (Diocese House [aka The Sportsman's Inn]) Proposal by Heckman-Minkoff to renovate the existing hotel building. Work includes the installation of replacement windows and doors, new storefront and entrance, new canopy, and new cornice element.

Other Business

4. Pre-Application Review: 33 Chestnut Street (Daniel Arnold House)
Proposal by Beneficent Congregational Church, UCC to replace 41 existing windows with new windows. This item is for discussion only. No action will be taken by the DRC at this meeting.

Adjournment


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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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