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UPDATED: City Plan Commission Meeting – September 16, 2014

featured-bikeped City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from the August 19th meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3382 – Petition to abandon a portion of Stanhope Street – The applicant intends to abandon the portion of Stanhope Street adjacent to AP 97 Lot 12 to add to the area of the lot – for action (Charles)

The Orange Street abandonment has been removed from the CPC Agenda.

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Orange Street from Weybosset Street. Image from Google Street View

2. Referral 3384 – Petition to abandon a portion of Orange Street – The applicant intends to abandon the portion of Orange Street located between Weybosset and Middle Street and between AP 20 lots 131 and 135 – for action (Downtown)

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ProJo: R.I. convention authority to fund parking garage construction behind Garrahy courthouse

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The R.I. Convention Center Authority said Tuesday it will put up the $43 million needed to build a parking garage adjacent to the Garrahy Judicial Complex on Dorrance Street in downtown Providence.

“The transformation of the current surface parking lot represents a unique opportunity to addres current parking capacity deficiencies and provide a mechanism to promote economic development,” said James Bennett, the convention center authority’s chairman.

Bennett also serves as economic development chief for the City of Providence.


No word on a possible RIPTA hub in the article.

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City Plan Commission Meeting – June 19, 2012

Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, June 19, 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 May 15th 2012 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivision

1. Case No. 12-021MI – 54 Locust Street The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval to subdivide the existing lot measuring Approximately 15,000 SF into two lots measuring approximately 7,500 SF (Mt. Hope, AP 6 Lot 105)

2. Case No. 12-022MI – 41 Edendale Avenue The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval to subdivide the existing lot measuring approximately 17,488 SF into two lots measuring 11,200 SF and 6,288 SF (Manton, AP 80 Lot 12)

Public Hearing/City Council Referral

3. Referral 3351 – Petition to amend the Future Land Use Map of the Comprehensive Plan The petitioner is requesting that Map 11.2 of the Comprehensive Plan entitled “Future Land Use” be amended so that the Downtown/Mixed Use designation and Jobs District overlay encompasses the area bounded by Bradford Street, Cedar Street, Brayton Ave., Spruce Street, Jones Street and a portion of Bond Street. Public comment will be taken. (Federal Hill) – for discussion and action

City Council Referral

4. Referral 3352 – Petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance The petitioner is requesting that the zoning map be amended to change the zoning of lots 67, 166, 167, 171, 176, 178 and a portion of lot 375 on Plat 26 from R-G to D-2. (Federal Hill) – for discussion

R-G General Residence District: This zone is intended for medium density residential areas comprised of structures containing single family dwelling inits, two family dwelling units, three family dwelling units and four of more family dwelling units located on lots with a minimum land area of 5,000 sq. feet and a minimum area of 2,000 sq. feet per dwelling unit.

D-2 Downtown – Mill District: This zone is intended to foster expansion of the downtown uses into former manufactoring areas in which commercial, retail, residential, and office uses are being introduced. A variety of business, financial, institutional, public, quasi-public, cultural, residential, light manufacturing and other related uses are encouraged to provide the mix of activities necessary to accomodate the growth of Downtown Providence.

5. Referral 3349 – Abandonment of a portion of Bond Street The applicant is seeking to abandon a portion of Bond Street approximately 100 feet in length, to provide access to a proposed parking lot. (Federal Hill) – for discussion

6. Referral 3350 – Abandonment of a portion of Cedar Street The applicant is seeking to abandon a portion of Cedar Street approximately 660 feet in length, to provide access to a proposed parking structure. (Federal Hill) – for discussion

Major Land Development Project

7. Case No. 12-014MA – Cedar Street Parking Structure The applicant is seeking Master Plan Approval to construct a two level parking structure with a total of 317 parking spaces. The structure will occupy the area between Brayton Street and 50 Cedar Street. A portion of Cedar Street and Bond Street is proposed for abandonment to provide access to the parking area. The applicant has proposed Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance amendments to accommodate the development. (Federal Hill AP 26 Lots 67, 166, 167, 171, 176, 178, 182, R-G and D-2) – for action

City Council Referral

8. Referral 3353 – Petition to abandon portions of Olive, Brown and Benevolent Streets The petitioner, Brown University, is seeking to abandon a portion of Olive Street measuring 25,092 SF, a portion of Brown Street measuring 26,675 SF and a portion of Benevolent Street measuring 12,573 SF. (College Hill) – for action

Institutional Master Plan

9. Amendment to Brown University’s Institutional Master Plan Amendment to the Brown Institutional Master Plan (IMP) for the purposes of including portions of abandoned streets within the campus and outlining development plans for those areas. (College Hill) – for action

Adjournment



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Johnson & Wales Richmond Street garage proposal

Johnson & Wales presented their proposal for a parking garage on the corner of Richmond and Pine Streets at last night’s Downcity Design Review Committee meeting, and we have the renderings to look over. Let’s get to it.

Johnson & Wales Garage

Click image to enlarge.

As it turns out, it is actually quite nice, as garages go, it is even quite nice as far as buildings go.

Another building demo

Let’s get the main sticking point out of the way first, 37 Richmond Street (the Mirabar Building) will be torn down under this proposal. My understanding is J&W has an offer on the table to buy it provided they get permission to move forward with this project. The process for demo is they would need to receive approval and a building permit for the proposed garage before they can receive a demo permit. The process is complicated by the fact that they want to give the Mirabar owners time to secure a new space and move before they proceed with demo (good news for Mirabar’s patrons).

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Downcity Design Review Committee Meeting – April 9, 2012

Johnson & Wales to present plans for demolition of “Mirabar Building” (37 Richmond Street) for construction of new parking garage at Monday’s Downcity Design Review Committee Meeting.

Notice of Regular Meeting
Monday, April 9, 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 March 12, 2012

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 12.6: 40 Westminster Street (Old Stone Bank Tower, now Textron Building) Proposal to enlarge an existing retail entrance on the Westminster Street elevation for a new tenant. Work includes the installation of a new storefront system, overhangs over the retail entrances, and signage.

Other Business

Mirabar

Mirabar Nightclub on Richmond Street

2. Pre-Application Review: Proposed Parking Garage at Pine and Richmond Street Proposal to demolish an existing building at 37 Richmond Street and to construct a parking garage on the site located at the intersection of Pine and Richmond Street. This presentation is for discussion only. No action will be taken by the DRC at this meeting.

Adjournment


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Johnson & Wales parking garage proposal

Johnson & Wales

Johnson & Wales owned surface lot at the corner of Richmond and Pine Streets

Word about a new parking garage being built by Johnson & Wales University came out of this morning’s Economic Outlook Breakfast:

I contacted the University for more details but there aren’t too many yet. What we do know now is the plan is for an 800-car parking garage to be built this fall on university owned land at the corner of Richmond and Pine Streets. That parcel is currently home to a surface parking lot which serves Johnson & Wales as well as a 3 story building which houses the Mirabar nightclub. The Providence Assessors Database lists that building as owned by JJD Realty, Inc. I asked, but I don’t know if Johnson & Wales seeks to buy that building for their garage or to build around it.

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News & Notes

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A city bus in Downtown Chicago. Photo (cc) CameliaTWU

News & Notes Will Rahm Emanuel Show America What BRT Can Do? [Streetsblog]

With impressive urgency, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has spent his first months in office retooling and reconfiguring how the “City That Works” works. Emanuel’s energy is evident in changes from beat-cop deployment to the push for a longer school day, but perhaps the mayor’s most tangible efforts can be seen in his ambitious transportation agenda.

With Chicago DOT Commissioner Gabe Klein at his side, Emanuel has already implemented the city’s first protected bike lanes as part of a plan to add 100 miles of bike lanes within four years, announced a $1 billion upgrade to the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line, and passed a $2 “congestion fee” on downtown parking garages that will go towards the creation of a CTA Green Line stop that serves McCormick Place – the nation’s largest convention center – and a downtown circulator bus route being billed as bus rapid transit.


Top cities stories of 2011 [The Grist]

It’s that time of year again: When public schools everywhere cast about desperately for a holiday celebration that doesn’t involve Jesus or a dude in a red suit; when families gather from thither and yon to spend a few days remembering why they’ve scattered thither and yon in the first place; and yes, it’s time to take stock of the year past, and look ahead to the one coming up. As the guy charged with keeping an eye on all things urban around here, I curled up with my laptop on a winter’s night that was definitely not as cold as they used to be, dug through the archives, and now offer this, my most humble (and totally non-denominational) retrospective of 2011.


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