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Providence Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – July 20, 2016

Providence Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
July 20, 2016 • 4:45 PM
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, First Floor
Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of June Meeting Minutes (For Action)
  3. Olney Street Restriping – College Hill, Mount Hope (For Action) – The Department of Public Works intends to restripe Olney Street from Camp to Hope streets. DPW seeks comment from the BPAC at this initial scoping phase of the project.
  4. Allens Avenue Restriping – Upper South Providence, Lower South Providence, Washington Park (For Action) – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has developed preliminary design plans for the restriping of Allens Avenue from Blackstone Street to New York Avenue. The City of Providence DPD and DPW seek comment from the BPAC regarding RIDOT’s preliminary plans.
  5. Francis Street Mid-Block Crossing – Downtown (For Action) – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has developed preliminary design plans for a new mid-block crossing across Francis Street to improve pedestrian safety between Providence Place Mall and Station Park. The City of Providence DPD and DPW seek comment from the BPAC regarding RIDOT’s preliminary plans.
  6. Potential Improvements to Tobey and Ridge streets – Federal Hill (For Discussion)
  7. Potential Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements to streets surrounding the new LINK District waterfront parks and Providence River Pedestrian Bridge – Downtown, Fox Point (For Discussion)
  8. Announcements and Staff Updates (For Discussion)
  9. Adjournment
Full Disclosure: I am a member of this commission.
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – June 15, 2016

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission
June 15, 2016, 4:45 PM
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, First Floor
Providence, RI 02903

bpac-roundAgenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of May Meeting Minutes (For Action)
  3. Francis Street Modifications – Downtown (For Action) – Providence Place Mall intends to make improvements to the Francis Street side of the mall, including the sidewalk area and street. DPW seeks comment from the BPAC regarding the plans.
  4. Harris Avenue Modifications – Smith Hill, Valley, Olneyville (For Action) – The Department of Public Works has proposed striping for Harris Avenue. DPW seeks comment from the BPAC regarding the conceptual plans.
  5. Potential Bicycle Improvements through Downtown to improve access to Classical High School – Downtown (For Discussion)
  6. Potential Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements to streets surrounding the new LINK District waterfront parks and Providence River Pedestrian Bridge – Downtown, Fox Point (For Discussion)
  7. Announcements and Staff Updates (For Discussion)
  8. Adjournment
Full Disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting – May 17, 2016

Design Review Committee of
The Capital Center Commission Meeting Notice

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016 8:00 AM
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Meetings of March 29, 2016 and April 5, 2016
  3. Parcels 10 and 13: Providence Place Mall
    Continued review of the proposed improvement plan for the Riverwalk entrance at the mall.
  4. Parcel 3S: One Citizens Plaza
    Proposal to install a new exterior door, stair and landing on the east side of the building.
  5. Adjournment
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Capital Center Commission Meeting – April 13, 2016

Capital Center Commission Meeting Notice
Wednesday, APRIL 13, 2016 – 12:00 Noon
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    2.1 Approval of Commission Meeting Minutes of January 13, 2016 and March 9, 2016
    2.2 Acceptance of Design Review Committee Meeting Minutes of December 15, 2015 and February 16, 2016
  3. Parcels 10 and 13: Providence Place Mall
    Request for approval of Phases 2 and 3 of the proposed improvement plan for sidewalk and landscape modifications along the mall’s frontage on Francis Street, and proposed changes to the former JC Penny building façade (south elevation) and Park Street and Hayes Street garage entrances. Phase 1 of the improvement plan was approved by the Commission at the March 9, 2016 meeting.
  4. Adjournment
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Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting – April 5, 2016

Design Review Committee
of the Capital Center Commission
Meeting Notice

TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016 8:00 AM
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Meeting of March 29, 2016
  3. Parcels 10 and 13: Providence Place Mall
    Continued review of proposed improvement plan for sidewalk and landscape modifications along the mall’s frontage on Francis Street, and proposed changes to JC Penny façade (south elevation) and Park Street and Hayes Street garage entrances.
  4. Adjournment
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Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting – March 29, 2016

Design Review Committee of the Capital Center Commission Meeting Notice
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – 8:00am
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

ccc-roundAgenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Meetings of December 15, 2015 and February 16, 2016
  3. Parcels 10 and 13: Providence Place Mall
    Proposed improvement plan (Phases 2 and 3) for sidewalk and landscape modifications along the mall’s frontage on Francis Street, and proposed changes to JC Penny façade and Park Street and Hayes Street garage entrances.
  4. Adjournment
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Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting – February 16, 2016

Design Review Committee of the Capital Center Commission Meeting Notice
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – 8:00am
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

ccc-roundAgenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Meeting of December 15, 2015
  3. Parcels 10 and 13: Providence Place Mall
    Proposed improvement plan for sidewalk and landscape modifications along the mall’s frontage on Francis Street.
  4. Adjournment
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission – June 17, 2015

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
June 17, 2015 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

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  1. Roll call
  2. Introduction of new Commission members
  3. Update from Planning Department on planned crosswalk across Dave Gavitt Way at Westminster Street
  4. Approval of meeting minutes from April Commission meeting
  5. Introduction of new RI Bicycle Coalition staff
  6. Discussion of improved connections between Providence Place Mall and East Bay Bike Path
  7. Discussion of Health Equity Zone (HEZ) grant received by Healthy Communities Office from the RI Department of Health
  8. Adjournment
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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PBN: J.C. Penney store closing at Providence Place Mall

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The J.C. Penney store at the Providence Place Mall is among a number of underperforming stores that the company is closing across the country, according to media reports.

The Providence Place mall store is the only Rhode Island J.C. Penney store affected; the store at the Warwick Mall will remain open, as will the store at the Franklin Shopping Plaza in Westerly.


Other reports have said that while no other Rhode Island stores are closing, several on the Massachusetts side of our metro area are.

I find this to be bad news as it is really convenient for me to walk or RIPTA to the mall and purchase affordable items that I need at J.C. Penney, things that are generally more affordable, and about the same quality as at Macy’s. I’d have a much longer bus ride or have to pay for a Zipcar to get to another such retailer in the area.

I really hope that Providence Place can find a similar tenant for the space. People seem to really want a Target, but I’d be happy with a Marshall’s or TJMaxx.

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GC: Photos

Flickr totally changed the sharing function on their website, and frankly it sucks and causes me to have to rewrite a bunch of code to properly share people’s photos, and a bunch of great photographers who share in our group have changed their share settings; so I haven’t done a GC: Photos post in quite a while. But there’s some really great stuff in there, so I suffered through it. Some of these photos go back a while, hence the snow:

Photo © Donna St.Pierre

Photo © Anthony Nathan Photography

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Capital Center Commission Meeting, November 9

Capital Center Commission
Old Navy at Providence Place

Old Navy at Providence Place. Image from Google Street View

Meeting Notice
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 • 12:00 noon
Department of Planning and Development
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Meeting Room
Providence, RI 02903

AGENDA

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    • Acceptance of DRC meeting minutes of July 5, 2011 and June 14, 2011
    • Approval of Commission meeting minutes of September 14, 2011
  3. Parcel 13: Providence Place Proposal to modify Old Navy storefronts and install a new sign. Presenter: Doug Tailford
  4. Parcel 8: Gateway Center Proposal to install a new sign on the building for ‘Admirals Bank.’ Presenter: Nicholas Lazares
  5. Internal Operating Procedures: Application and Processing Fees Discussion of existing fees for Signage and Plan Amendments/Modifications
  6. Other Business
  7. Adjournment

Agenda [.pdf]

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What should go there? Providence Place Borders Edition

Borders Books at Providence Place

Image from Google Street View

Now that it is official, Borders will be liquidating all of their stores, it is time to play our favorite game; What Should Go There?

The Providence Place Borders will be closing down, creating a large hole in the retail environment at the mall. So, what should go there, Barnes & Noble would be an obvious pick, how about an arcade? Indoor roller derby? Reptile house? Russian sub?

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REBOOT: Providence Train Station

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REBOOT is an occasional series of posts on Greater City Providence where we identify areas of the city that display poor urbanism and propose ways to improve them. Our interventions may be simple and quite easily realized, or they may at times be grand and possibly take years or decades to complete. Either way, we hope they generate interest and discussion.

Oh Providence Station… why are you such a dump?

Of course the short answer to that is that we have not taken care of it. But this post is not about the sad condition of the station, it is about the fact that the station was a mistake to begin with.

Of course we used to have the stunning Union Station which is now the home of the Rhode Island Foundation and other offices. The river and railroad relocation projects resulted in the tracks leaving Union Station behind and a new station being built.

When Providence Station was opened in 1986 we were deep in the heart of the automobile age. Gas supplies were cheap and seemingly inexhaustible, Amtrak was kind of a quaint hobby that we north-easterners insisted on keeping in service, and the MBTA did not reach Providence. This resulted in a station that is too small for our post-$4/gallon gasoline world. A station that is inconveniently located away from the city’s major employment centers (and with the removal of Route 195, the city’s employment centers are poised to move further from the train station).

Were it maintained properly, the station is certainly handsome. The clock tower nicely pierces the skyline, the low slung dome is handsome and adds a modern bent to the collection of domes we have in our fair city, the interior is attractive. However, the interior is not spacious enough for the passengers we have utilizing existing MBTA and Amtrak services, and the station will become more crowded as MBTA services expand southward and if a Blackstone Valley commuter service is ever instituted. And as the price of gas continues its generally upward trend, more and more people will turn to the trains.

Let’s not waste time blaming the planners from the 80’s for their shortsightedness on the station’s design, let’s instead consider what we can do to modify it for a world that is very different from 1986.

Bret wrote a post a couple years ago in which he cited me as referring to the station as a hundred-year mistake. He went on to highlight some of the short comings of Capital Center area as a neighborhood, and suggest some solutions. We were to write a Part II to that post and never got around to it, this is that Part II I suppose.

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Capital Center area dining

Panera at Providence Place looks ready to open any minute now. All the furniture is in, all the signs are up. I know I said that I don’t really care for Panera, but I actually wished it was open when I was there yesterday. I was feeling a little peckish.

Rumors have been swirling about the prime restaurant spot at the Waterplace towers and there is now a sign up revealing that “Jacky’s Restaurant” is coming soon. Apparently there is a local chain called Jacky’s Galaxie, all I know is there is a rendering in the window that simply says Jacky’s Restaurant, but I can’t imagine that someone would open a pan asian restaurant by the same name (that would be just asking for a lawsuit), so it is probably safe to assume that it is the same. ETA: Actually, I think that might be the Jacky’s Galaxie logo in the lower right corner of that rendering.

Like I said, I am not familiar with Jacky’s Galaxie, so those who are, what to we think? Is this a good fit for this prime location?

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Capital Center Commission Committee Meeting, Dec. 7

Providence Place
Photo (cc) Mr. Duckie

Though we heard before that Panera Bread was going into the Napa Valley Grille location, now the Capital Center Commission Agenda shows P.F. Chang’s looking to locate in that spot:

AGENDA (amended 12/2/10)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 7:30am
Department of Planning and Development
400 Westminster Street, 4th Floor Conference Room
Providence, RI 02903

1. Roll Call

2. Minutes
Meetings of August 3, 2010 and August 17, 2010

3. Parcel 13: Providence Place
Proposal by P. F. Chang’s to replace the existing storefronts (former Napa Valley Grille location) with new storefronts and to install new metal awnings, glass entry, entry doors and signage on the Francis Street elevation. The proposal also includes the installation of a blade sign on the west side (parking garage elevation) of the building.

4. Parcel 14: Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Proposal to construct a loading dock, restrooms and enclosed walkway on the west elevation (Park Street) of the building. The proposal also includes the installation of signage. This is a conceptual presentation for discussion only.

5. Adjournment

I have not been on the Francis Street side of the mall in a while. Does anyone know if Panera ever started work moving in there?

P.F. Chang’s was rumored to be looking to move into the GTECH Center when that building was under construction, but those plans never materialized.

Via: WRNI

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