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POSTPONED: Zoning Board of Review Meeting – March 3, 2014

This meeting has been postponed.

Items on the Zoning Board of Review agenda for the March 3rd meeting include:

  • Extention of the “temporary” surface parking use for the site of the former Outlet Garage
  • Installation of LED signs on the LaSalle Square side of the Trinity Repertory building*

More on the posted agenda. pdf


*My understanding is the signs that used to be on the marquee at PPAC are the signs that Trinity Rep plans to install. Also, I’ve long been a proponent of LaSalle Square being all lit up with signs and stuff, bring it!

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Interim pedestrian safety improvement at LaSalle Square

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From the Mayor’s Facebook page:

The City completed traffic changes to the intersection of Empire and Fountain Streets earlier today. Motor vehicle traffic proceeding from Empire Street is now required to use the traffic signal to turn left onto Fountain Street, improving pedestrian safety in the area.

This interim step will calm traffic coming from Broadway and Atwells Avenue into LaSalle Square making the pedestrian crossing on Fountain Street outside Hasbro safer and easier. Next spring, the City will begin work on the Downtown Circulator Phase III pdf which will rebuild LaSalle Square and other area streets entirely.

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Barry Schiller: Providence Planning Hosts Meeting on Kennedy Plaza, Downtown Circulation

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Barry Schiller, a retired Rhode Island College math professor, is a long-time member of the State Planning Council’s Transportation Advisory Committee. He also was on the RIPTA Board of Directors 1995-1999.

Overall: good ideas on the parts of the project about 2-way streets and pedestrian and bike improvements around downtown, but on Kennedy Plaza, a net loss for bus riders, but not as much as once feared.

The project: extend 2-way on Empire, 2-way on Dorrance in front of the Biltmore, and on Exchange Terrace on north side of Burnside Park; narrow Fountain Street by widening sidewalk, maybe include a bike lane and add “public space” at the squares on both ends (La Salle Square, Emmet Square) to slow traffic and be much more pedestrian friendly;

Kennedy Plaza: no change in RIPTA waiting room but the adjacent plaza will have much more public space by eliminating the inner berths and bus lanes. Thus we’d go from 8 bus-only lanes to 4; possible amenities added such as more seating, plantings, public art, and maybe more shelters if funding permits. The 16 current bus berths there now (4 sets of 4 each) would be reduced to 10 – 4 eastbound on the north side, 5 (one more than now) westbound on the south side, and one new one on Exchange Street across from the court house. The loss of berths would be partly made up by another bus berth up the hill on the little street where the trolleys now stop, and another new berth behind the Q stop on Exchange St where the Newport buses stop. Thus there is a net loss of 4 berths. If more berths are ever needed, likely to be on north side of Burnside Park on Exchange Terrace, or up Exchange Street near Memorial Blvd by the undeveloped triangle of land there.

Unresolved issues: what to do with intercity Peter Pan/Greyhound buses; whether there will be a fence separating the bus lane from Washington Street traffic which could help direct pedestrian crossings; funding for more shelters; who is in charge of snow removal.

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Kennedy Plaza/Circulator Phase 3 Informational Meeting – July 10, 2013

The City will be having an informational meeting about proposed enhancements and reconfiguration of the Kennedy Plaza area as well as details about Phase 3 of the Downtown Circulator project. The Circulator project includes reconstruction of LaSalle and Emmet Squares, Fountain Street, Broadway, part of Dorrance Street, and Exchange Terrace.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 • 5pm-6pm
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – November 5, 2012

Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, November 5, 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 October 15, 2012

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 12.32: 66-68 Kennedy Plaza Proposal to construct a new ramp in the right-of-way on the Kennedy Plaza elevation of the building.

2. DRC Application No. 12.37: 10 Kennedy Plaza (Bank of America City Center) Proposal to replace the existing chain link fencing with new metal fencing.

3. DRC Application No. 12.39: 170 Washington Street (parking lot) Proposal to paint a large mural on an adjacent brick wall facing Washington Street.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – October 15, 2012

Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, October 15, 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 Approval of Meeting Minutes of September 10, 2012

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 12.23: 15 LaSalle Square Continued review of the proposal to install a rooftop sign, wall sign and banners for HASBRO. (The project was granted a waiver from D-1 Regulations limiting the maximum total area of all signs and a waiver for a moving sign at the DRC meeting on September 10, 2012).

2. DRC Application No. 12.29: 370 Richmond Street – Public Hearing The subject of the hearing will be an application by Paul Leighton, requesting a waiver from D-1 Regulations limiting the maximum total area of all signs. The applicant is proposing to install a new wall sign for Rick’s Roadhouse.

3. DRC Application No. 12.32: 66-68 Kennedy Plaza Proposal to construct a new ramp in the right-of-way on the Kennedy Plaza elevation.

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