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Atwells Avenue, midday Sunday, February 10, 2013.

Latest updates we have on storm recovery, please share any updates you have in the comments:

First, this from RIEMA, ugh!


With temperatures well below freezing tonight, snow and ice that melted today is refreezing on sidewalks and roadways, use extreme caution on roads and sidewalks overnight and during the morning commute.


City of Providence

Also, Providence Snow Hotline: 680-8080

Further updates from the City:

PROVIDENCE CONDUCTING CITYWIDE INVENTORY OF STREETS TO COMPLETE NEMO CLEANUP PROVIDENCE PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED TOMORROW, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence officials are conducting a block-by-block inventory of every street in the City to determine which secondary roads remain impassable and deploy resources as needed in the wake of Winter Storm Nemo.

More than 90 percent of Providence’s more than 1,800 roads have been plowed. Less than 200 secondary roads still have not been plowed or need further clearing. In many cases, these are dead ends and narrow side streets with a car that remained parked on the street after the parking ban went into effect.

Because of the great amount of snow, clearing side streets has required the deployment of the city’s full inventory of front loaders and other large equipment; plows have not been sufficient to clear narrow residential roads.

The City is also contracting with private vendors that have large equipment. Privately contracted front loaders available to Providence have been limited by the high demand for such equipment across the state.

PROVIDENCE SCHOOLS CANCELED TOMORROW

Providence Public Schools will remain closed tomorrow, Monday, February 11 to allow for continued Nemo cleanup. District offices will remain open and all 12-month employees should report for work.

POWER OUTAGES

National Grid reports that the number of households without power in Providence has been reduced to 200 from more than 9,000 yesterday.

PARKING BAN

A citywide parking ban remains in effect. Vehicles parked on the street will impede plows and emergency vehicles, delaying snow cleanup and posing a public safety risk. Vehicles in violation of the parking ban may be towed.

SNOW ON ROOFTOPS POSES SAFETY RISK

With freezing rain forecast for tomorrow, residents are asked to closely monitor snow accumulation on business and residential buildings. Heavy snow can add stress to structures. Flat, commercial roofs are most vulnerable to stress, but slanted structures may also be susceptible. Residents should take reasonable precautions to monitor their homes and businesses and safely remove snow from roofs as necessary.

TRASH COLLECTION DELAYED

There will be no trash or recycling pickup on Monday in the City of Providence due to Winter Storm Nemo. Residents whose usual garbage collection day is Monday will have their trash and recycling picked up on Tuesday. All trash and recycling pickups for the rest of the week will also be one day later.

If possible, residents are asked to leave trash and recycling bins at the end of their driveways for collection. Trash and recycling cans should not be left in roadways.

OTHER CLOSURES IN THE CITY

The Roger Williams Park Zoo, Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Botanical Center and Bank of America Skating Center will be closed tomorrow.

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PPAC Square: Good, bad, and ugly

The Good: Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jackets

DID Clean & Safe Team workers clearing snow

As always, the DID Clean & Safe Team workers were out in force today clearing snow. The Yellow Jackets are probably out of practice this year, but they got right back into the swing of things laying salt and clearing snow and slush out of the crosswalks.

The Bad: I didn’t know this was a parking lot

PPAC

Who do you gotta know to park here?

When plans for PPAC Square were unveiled I was under the impression that PPAC’s driveway would double as sidewalk space when there wasn’t any event happening at PPAC. Apparently I was wrong as the driveway was full of parked cars this afternoon. I don’t know who these cars belong to, but those are some sweet parking spaces they got.

The Ugly: National Grid doing their National Grid thing

National Grid

Ooh, fresh pavement, let’s rip it up!

No sooner has the paint dried on the double yellow lines than National Grid is out ripping up the pavement on Weybosset Street. This is not actually PPAC Square, it is down in front of Johnson & Wales, but close enough.

Let’s just assume that contrary to every other street National Grid has ever torn up, they will properly patch this street. I can assume that, right? RIGHT?

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Fine Art of Recycling

Old Refrigerator
Photo (cc) merfam

A CALL TO ARTISTS

City of Providence, National Grid team up on public art project to encourage energy efficiency and recycling

PROVIDENCE, RI – The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and National Grid are proud to announce a Call to Artists, inviting diverse Providence and Rhode Island artists and art associations from to submit their concepts for the “Fine Art of Recycling” campaign.

This campaign will unite a passion for energy efficiency with the city’s longstanding support of creativity and artistic excellence.

In June, the top 10 artists/art associations will begin to put their creative imprints on ten refrigerators that will be placed throughout Downtown Providence for the summer months of 2011. National Grid has developed this “cool idea” to raise awareness of energy efficiency and recycling and to support local culture and the arts.

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Bids for “City Administrative Center”

ProJo reports that the city has received nine proposals for the new City Adminstrative Center. Let’s take a look at the locations that bid:


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Berkeley Investments: One Empire Plaza, a six-story, 109,216-square-foot building built in 1982 that is the former office of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Asking $14.5 million for purchase or an average base rent of $20.20 per square foot per year to $22.78, depending upon length of lease. Available Nov. 12, 2010.


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Cornish Associates (Arnold Chace): Former Providence Journal building at 60 Eddy St. and the adjacent former Kresge Department Store. Proposed full historic restoration of buildings with 73,505 square feet of office and ground floor retail. Asking for 19-year lease of $21.62 per square foot per year, with rents increasing by 10 percent every five years. Ready by summer/fall 2011.


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Extell Development: 198 Dyer St., a two-story, 40,000-square-foot building built in 1946 and the current home of the city Department of Inspection & Standards. Asking for lease of $37 million over 15 years lease or up to $67 million over 25 years, depending upon space needs. Available Dec. 31, 2010.

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