Johnson & Wales has started work on their parking garage on Richmond Street.
Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development
1st Floor Meeting Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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.
As it turns out, it is actually quite nice, as garages go, it is even quite nice as far as buildings go.
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).
Notice of Regular Meeting
Monday, April 9, 2012 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development
1st Floor Meeting Room, 444 Westminster Street, Providence
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.
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.
Word about a new parking garage being built by Johnson & Wales University came out of this morning’s Economic Outlook Breakfast:
JWU will start construction on an 800-car parking garage by Sept. Also will start RI’s 1st physician assistant MA program in 2014. #proveob
— Ted Nesi (@tednesi) March 6, 2012
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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Really like the new signs at the Biltmore Garage on Washington Street. To celebrate the new signs, the garage is giving away free parking passes. Visit In Downcity for more photos and more information about the free parking.