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City Plan Commission Meeting, June 21

City Plan Commission

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011, – 4:45 PM
Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium
400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

OPENING SESSION

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of meeting minutes from May 17th, 2011 – for action

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

1. Comprehensive Plan Update Presentation of proposed updates to Providence Tomorrow: The Interim Comprehensive Plan based on the results of neighborhood charrettes and public input – for discussion

MINOR SUBDIVISION

2. Case No. 11-017MI – 351 Harris Avenue Minor subdivision to create three lots, measuring approximately 183,884 SF, 45,943 SF and 56,951 SF out of a lot measuring approximately 287,030 SF – for action (AP 27 Lot 23, Valley)

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“My Time With The Mayor” Community Meetings Schedule

My Time With The Mayor

Mayor Taveras and City Hall directors will meet monthly with residents across the city.

Mayor Angel Taveras is pleased to continue My Time with the Mayor, a monthly opportunity for the Mayor and senior members of his administration to meet with citizens from every neighborhood in the City.

At each My Time with the Mayor event, which will be held at different locations throughout Providence, Mayor Taveras and City Hall Department Directors will be available to meet one-on-one with residents, answer their questions and seek to resolve any concerns.

Each My Time with the Mayor event is two hours long, and residents are invited to meet with Mayor Taveras or members of his senior administration on a first-come, first-served basis.

“One of the best things about being the Mayor is the opportunity I get to meet personally with the residents of Providence. I look forward to continuing the My Time with the Mayor program, and encourage citizens to come share their thoughts with me and other members of my leadership team,” said Mayor Taveras.

My Time with the Mayor will be held from 5-7PM on:

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City Plan Commission Meeting (June 15th)

PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010 4:45 PM

Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium 400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

OPENING SESSION

Call to Order Roll Call Approval of meeting minutes from May 11th 2010- for action

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

1. Downtown Plan and Knowledge District Study
Presentation of progress on the Downtown Plan and Knowledge District Study by the DPD to Commission members – for discussion.

CITY COUNCIL REFERRAL

2. Referral 3328 – Petition to abandon the gangway located between Chalkstone Avenue and Lopez Street
Petition to abandon the gangway located between Chalkstone Avenue and Lopez Street. – for action. (Smith Hill)

MINOR SUBDIVISION

3. Case No. 10-015 MI – 156 Blackstone Boulevard (Preliminary Plan Approval)
The applicant wishes to subdivide the existing lot measuring approximately 12,186 SF into two lots measuring approximately 5,542 SF and 6,644 SF. The existing dwelling will be demolished. Two dwellings are proposed on the newly created lots. – for action. (Blackstone)

ADJOURNMENT

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Pleasant Valley Parkway Improvements Public Hearing (02/08)


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Bike Providence reports that there will be a hearing on February 8th to look at improvements to Pleasant Valley Parkway.

Early word is that the new plan calls for one-way movement on each side of the stream, removal of one car lane, and addition of bike lanes on each side. It would end up looking like a small-scale Blackstone Blvd, if this is true. Currently, the roads on both sides of the median/stream BOTH allow 2-way traffic, with little room for cyclists and walkers, and extreme confusion at intersections.

Capital Ridge (assisted living facility) 700 Smith Street
Monday, February 8th, 6pm

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City Plan Commission Meeting (01/19)

PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2010 4:45 PM

Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium 400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

OPENING SESSION

Call to Order
Roll Call
Approval of Meeting Minutes: December 1st and 15th, 2009
Approval of the CPC meeting schedule for the 2010 calendar year
Designation of Recording Secretary

CITY COUNCIL REFERRAL


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1. Referral 3321 – Petition to abandon a portion of Penrose Avenue
Petition to abandon the unimproved portion of Penrose Avenue. (Blackstone)

LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT


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2. Case No. 09-050MA – 395 Promenade Street (Master Plan Approval)
The applicant is seeking Master Plan Approval to reuse approximately 2,600 SF of the southwest portion of an existing 2 story building and construct a new 23,000 SF one story laboratory building. The building will be used as a blood bank. Onsite parking will be provided. The property abuts Promenade and Bath Streets. (AP 67 Lots 341, 522 and 523) (Smith Hill)

The applicant has requested that this item be continued to the February 23, 2010 meeting.

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

3. College Hill, Wayland & Fox Point Neighborhood Plan
Continuation of the discussion between Commission members and staff regarding the development potential of the “Shooters” site based on the approved neighborhood plan. The discussion will also address the legal issues surrounding downzoning the site. No additional public comment will be taken.

4. Neighborhood Plan Presentations
Presentation of the West End/Federal Hill/ Reservoir, Charles/Wanskuck and Hartford/Manton/Silver Lake neighborhood plans by DPD staff. The plans will be reviewed by the Commission and public comment will be taken. The Commission may choose to act to adopt one or more of the neighborhood plans presented.

ADJOURNMENT

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City Plan Commission Meeting (12/15)

PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2009 – 4:45 PM
Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium 400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
Providence Public Safety Complex
Dean and Washington Streets, Providence

OPENING SESSION

Call to Order
Roll Call
Approval of Meeting Minutes: November 17, 2009
Approval of the CPC meeting schedule for the 2010 calendar year

REDEVELOPMENT PLANS


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1. City Council Referral: An ordinance to adopt the City of Providence Promenade Center Redevelopment Project Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan
This ordinance would amend the redevelopment plan for portions of Valley and Smith Hill neighborhoods to reflect changes including proposed future land use, illustration of the acquisition and development of certain land parcels and changes to the roadway system within the redevelopment area. No change is proposed for the Tax Increment Financing portion of the plan. Public comment will be taken on the plan amendment, which was first presented before the Commission in November 2009.


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2. City Council Referral: An ordinance to adopt the Allens Avenue and Port Redevelopment Plan
This ordinance would adopt a redevelopment that would designate a redevelopment area around Allens Avenue and the Port of Providence and establish objectives and procedures for its redevelopment. Public Comment will be taken on the plan, which was first presented before the Commission in November 2009.

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

3. Waterfront Plan
Public comment will be taken on the Waterfront Plan first presented in November 2009. The Commission may choose to act to adopt the plan.

ADJOURNMENT

Related UPDATED City: Put the Waterfront to Work [GC:PVD]

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City Plan Commission Meeting – September 15, 2009

Notice of Regular Meeting • Tuesday, September 15, 2009 • 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium
400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes: August 18, 2009

Director’s Report

Discussion with commission members to determine schedule and dates for presentation of future neighborhood plans.

Land Development Project

1. Case No. 09-002MA – 175 Broad Street (Public Informational Meeting) Request for Master Plan stage approval for the proposed commercial development of the property located at 175 Broad Street. The subject property is bounded by Service Road No. 7, Broad Street and Cahir Street (AP 24, Lot 603). (Upper South Providence) Continued from the CPC meeting on July 21, 2009.

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Providence Tomorrow

2. Neighborhood Plan Presentation Presentation of College Hill/Fox Point/Wayland and Upper South Providence/Lower South Providence/Elmwood neighborhood plans by DPD staff. The plans will be reviewed by the Commission and public comment will be taken. Public comment on the Olneyville/Valley/Smith Hill and Elmhurst/Mt. Pleasant plans will also be taken. The items were continued to allow more time for public review. Comments on the Hope/Mt. Hope/Blackstone plan will be taken at the October meeting. The Commission may choose to act to adopt one or more of the neighborhood plans under consideration.

Adjournment

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Smith Street Update

Despite some tough economic times, there have been a lot of positive changes on Smith Street in the last year and in the last few months in particular.

Smith Street is one of those streets that has amazing potential to be a great urban masterpiece with shops and services lining its curbs all the way to North Providence and great communities branching off in all directions.

Below, I’d like to point out some of the changes we’re seeing heading West from the State house:

Where Bob’s Market used to be…

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This used to be a corner store that was typical for the area, but a few months ago chain link went up around the building and I assumed the worst. Much to my surprise, within that fencing came renovations not demolition! Clearly, much work was being done on the interior, but even more visible was the transformation taking place outside. New awnings, brick pedestal-flanked iron fences, new windows, and new brick siding have totally metamorphosed the property.

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LibertyFest!!! – 2009

To learn about the 2012 LibertyFest, visit the Facebook event page.

Crowd at LibertyFest

The July 4th weekend comes upon us once again, and like many other traditions of our day, Smith Hill will be host to the grandest neighborhood party in all the land, the 10th annual LibertyFest!

This annual event hits it’s decade mark this year, and will be located in a new location, West Park Street. With 22 bands going from noon on to the late evening (10 – 11ish), you get to catch the full spectrum of Providence’s music scene, and even some friendly visitors from across the northeast. Having brought memorable performances in the past from such bands as Mahi Mahi, Deer Tick, What Cheer? Brigade, and other high-caliber locals, this year’s line-up seems fit to carry the torch in superb fashion, and has three stages on which to do it. Red Hat Records has taken the task of arranging the bill this year, and has succeeded fantastically in assuring the cream of the crop from nearly every genre. There will also be activities for children ( and the young at heart ) as well, so this is an awesome event for families.

Beer will be all local, and is being provided by Narragansett Brewing Company, Block Island Blonde, and Basement Brew. The volume has always seemed enough, but this years reserves seem to be of an astounding quantity. Oh yeah, did I mention this is all free?

Food will be potluck, so feel free to contribute your own specialties, or mooch off of others as you wish. It’s a karma payment plan sort of thing. The roasting an entire goat over an open fire will carry on this year as well, a tradition that has almost become a symbol of the event, or at least a commonly told detail in many stories.

The line-up of acts is as follows, in no particular order:

  • White Mice
  • The Butcherings
  • The Viennagram
  • Llove
  • The Warmingtons
  • Blizzard of ’78
  • Brownbird Rudy Relic
  • Midnight Mongo Sound System
  • Slave
  • Valu-Pak
  • Orb Mellon
  • Triangle Forest, GlassAndSteel, Pet Set, Chris Rosenquest, Vibe Police, Caroline Hecht, Chris Hansen, Industrial Sonic Echo, Brokedown Serenade, The Atlantic Thrills, and The DEM.

If you’ve never been to LibertyFest, it’s a must that you attend at some point in your life. Living in Providence, I’m sure we’ve all come to learn that outdoor music in the summer is quite possibly one of the best things about this city, and this is one of it’s premier examples.

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Retail Update: Snookers & More…

Snookers: I’m not sure how “old news” this is, but Snookers sports bar is listed to be “coming soon” at about 44 Ashburton Street on the other side of the 95 overpass from Kelly’s Car Wash. It’ll be right next to the, um, antique store and near the, um, Subway, and the, um, Marriott hotel and the, um, Mathematics Society, making for one interesting group of neighbors coexisting there.

Smith Hill Laundromat: Many people have fantasized (well, at least a few people have) about how cool a business could go into the former auto repair space that defines the corner of the retail square at the intersection of Smith St. and Chalkstone Ave. across from NY System Hotdogs. Well, in the category of “better than nothing,” a laundromat is replacing the closed mattress store. To its credit, it’s always good when neighborhoods get new service businesses and they’re nicely redoing the facade with floor to ceiling windows that I’m sure will be well lit, giving a much better sense of life to that normally sleepy corner.

Butterfield: Having finished their move from downtown, Butterfield has opened in Wayland Square.

East Side Creamery: This ice cream shop has opened in the closed Knight Art Gallery space in the newly vibrant Ives Street retail area on the East Side and was packed when my wife and I were recently there. Of note, this is the second art gallery to close on the East Side this year (the Ruggieri space also closed in Wayland Square).

Beadworks: They are, interestingly enough, moving from Thayer Street (previously announced) to 16 Bassett Street in the Jewelry District.

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The Curious Case of the Missing Manhole Cover

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A reader writes to tell us of this manhole cover which has been missing since at least January 21st. The manhole in question is on Bernon Street at Candace Street next to the Smith Hill Public Library.

Our reader says he contacted Public Works about this on the 21st and spoke with someone at the city on the 27th. He spoke with Councilman Hassett at the Smith Hill Library on the 4th and was assured that the issue would be resolved. As of yesterday, the manhole remained, coverless with a barrel over it.

As our reader points out, simply placing a barrel over an open manhole cover is not a solution. He was easily able to lift the barrel with one hand to take the above photos of the hole. Someone could easily slip on the ice and push the barrel aside and end up down the hole. With lots of children in the neighborhood and the Library right there, that person could easily be a child.

A few questions come to mind here. First, what the hell happened to the manhole cover, they don’t just grow legs and walk away? Does the city not view this as an urgent situation? Who do you need to call to get something done around here? Our reader seems to have done all the right things, yet he is still waiting for simple results.

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New Facility at the PVD VA Hospital

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According to several media reports, the Providence Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital has just broken ground on a 6.1 million dollar Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine on the medical center’s Smith Hill campus (the relatively recent outpatient care center is in the VA’s photo above with the main hospital building behind). The center will focus on cutting edge research and treatment for combat amputees. I have yet to see any renders of the new structure. Providence is one of only 13 VA site in the US getting one of the multidiciplinary divisions and it is a collaboration here with MIT.

The VA itself is something of a silent giant here in the city and region. The hospital is a 119 bed full service facility that has 32 outpatient specialty clinics and employs over 800 people. Over 160,000 patients (with almost 300,000 outpatient visits) are treated per year at our VA hospital. They have outpatient clinics in Eagle Square and Middletown, RI. It’s also a major teaching site for Brown’s Alpert Medical School, Harvard’s Dental School, and URI’s Pharmacy School.

The new building and expansion are only good news for Providence in the midst of our current economy.

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REBOOT: Dean Street Interchange and Viaduct

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REBOOT is an occasional series of posts on GC:PVD 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.

Our first reboot is the Dean Street Interchange and Viaduct between Federal Hill and the Valley/Smith Hill neighborhoods. Currently there’s no doubt, this area is built for the automobile. Lanes are wide, turning radii are designed for highspeed auto travel, sightlines for pedestrians are limited, and in many areas sidewalks and crosswalks are non-existent.

There is also no proper streetscape. In the Federal Hill side the street is lined with highway ramps and surface parking, with small buildings set back from the street. On the Valley side the street is lined with industrial areas with open surface lots below the raised berm the street sits on. To the north of that, across the river lie suburban style development, gas stations, car washes, drive-thru fast food joints and more surface parking.

We propose a radical intervention to make this area more urban, improving pedestrian and bicycle connections between Federal Hill to the south and Valley and Smith Hill to the north, de-emphasize the highway, create urban streetwalls with buildings, stores, and parkland, and free up acres of land for redevelopment.

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City Plan Commission Agenda – April 22, 2008

The City Plan Commission meets today at 4:45pm in the Planning Department’s 4th Floor Conference Room at 400 Westminster Street.

Opening Session

  • Call to Order at 4:45 p.m.
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of March 18, 2008
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivisions

  • Case No. 08-009MI 36 and 42 Wilna Street (AP 77, Lots 871 and 872)
    Request to subdivide two lots (zoned R-1) into one lot of 6,000-sf and two lots of 5,000-sf. The subject property is located on the south side of Wilna Street near the intersection of Milano Street. (Charles)
  • Case No. 08-013MI Silver Lake Avenue (AP 110, Lot 480)
    Request to subdivide one lot of 15,931-sf (zoned R-3) into two lots of 6,352-sf and 9,579-sf. The subject property is located on the south side of Silver Lake Avenue between Union Avenue and Prudence Avenue. (Silver Lake)

Land Development Projects

  • Case No. 08-004MA 539-551 Smith Street (Public Informational Meeting/Public Hearing)
    Request to combine Master Plan and Preliminary Plan stages of review and for Preliminary Plan stage approval of a new commercial development. The project consists of the renovation of an existing commercial building and the construction of two new commercial buildings. The subject property is located on the north side of Smith Street between Ruggles Street and Oakland Avenue (AP 69, Lots 13, 14, 22, 37 & 352). (Smith Hill) This item was continued from the CPC meeting on March 18, 2008.
  • Case No. 08-006MA 705-735 Elmwood Avenue, RIPTA Para-Transit Storage and Maintenance Facility (Public Informational Meeting)
    Request to combine Master Plan and Preliminary Plan stages of review and for Preliminary Plan stage approval for the construction of a new storage and maintenance facility for Rhode Island Public Transit Authority’s (RIPTA) para-transit bus fleet. The subject property is located on the west side of Elmwood Avenue adjacent to Russell Street (AP 60, Lots 37, 123, 131 & 136). (Elmwood) This item was continued from the CPC meeting on March 18, 2008.
  • Case No. 08-011MA 340 & 350 Kinsley Avenue, Nicholson File Complex (Public Informational Meeting)
    Request for Master Plan stage approval for the redevelopment of the complex into a mixed-use development consisting of 98 residential units and 81,000-sf of commercial space. The subject property is located on the south side of Kinsley Avenue near the intersection of Acorn Street and Tingley Street (AP 27, Lots 5 and 16). (Valley)

Adjournment

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