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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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Proposed route for the Core Connector identified

The city and RIPTA have identified the West Route as the preferred Core Connector (aka Streetcar) route after public meetings and consultations with neighborhood groups and area businesses and institutions.


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A potential new transit route through Providence’s downtown core has been identified, connecting the Hospital District in Upper South Providence with Downtown and College Hill. Both streetcar and enhanced bus transit are now being studied as future modes of service along this route.

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City Plan Commission Meeting, March 15

City Plan Commission

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 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 February 15th 2011 – for action

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

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News & Notes: Local Edition

EastBayRI.com: American Tourister factory up for sale

WARREN – The sprawling Warren Manufacturing property, which covers 14 acres of prime waterfront land in the north end, is for sale.

MMF Realty, which owns the so-called American Tourister site and operates Monarch Industries there, is working with Boston-based Realtor Grubb and Ellis to find a buyer or lessee willing and able to take over the property. It was listed for sale last Friday on loopnet.com, a commercial real estate site, and though it’s been less than a week since it went on the market, broker Anthony Caner, said there’s already a buzz.


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Center for the New Economy

Yesterday, the ProJo reported on the OIC of Rhode Island’s move to 175 Broad Street. We’ve received the following press release from the OIC which further explains their plans:

THE OIC OF RHODE ISLAND TO OPEN
THE CENTER FOR THE NEW ECONOMY

BUILDING ON BROAD STREET TO SERVE AS HUB FOR EDUCATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING FOR UNDERSERVED URBAN COMMUNITIES

February 18, 2011 (Providence, RI) – The OIC of Rhode Island announced its plans to relocate to 175 Broad Street, the former Boy Scout building, effective March 1, 2011. The building will be named “The Center for the New Economy,”

and it will house the OIC operations, as well as its education, training and minority business development services in support of the State and City of Providence’s strategic economic development initiatives.

The OIC reconstituted in November 2009 in response to the adverse impact the economy has had on the underserved urban communities of Rhode Island. In less than two years, it has developed a series of “green” training and economic development programs with the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island.
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City Plan Commission Meeting, Dec. 14

City Plan Commission

Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 – 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 from November 16th, 2010 – for action
  • Approval of the CPC meeting schedule for the 2011 calendar year – for action

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

1. Downtown Plan
Presentation of the final version of the Downtown Plan by DPD staff. – for action (Downtown)

CITY COUNCIL REFERRAL

2. Referral 3334 – Abandonment of a portion of Frank Street
Petition to abandon approximately 243 feet of the easterly portion of Frank Street that runs between Plain Street and Beacon Avenue. – for action (Upper South Providence)

MINOR SUBDIVISION

3. Case No. 10-040 MI – 104 Barrows Street (Preliminary Plan Approval)
Subdivision of existing nonconforming lot with two dwelling units measuring 5,918 SF into two lots measuring 2,959 SF each. The applicant intends to create two lots with a single structure on each lot. – for action (AP 108 Lot 123, Silver Lake)

PUBLIC FORUM ON PROVIDENCE CORE CONNECTOR STUDY

4. Presentation of Providence Core Connector Study
Presentation of an overview of the Providence Core Connector Study project, detailing potential modes of transport (streetcar, bus) alignments and potential routes. Public comment will be taken. – for discussion

ADJOURNMENT

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Free holiday parking starts Nov. 26

December 2009 Blizzard

City of Providence Press Release:

Shoppers offered two hours of free parking to make it easier for people to Buy Providence this holiday season

PROVIDENCE – Holiday shoppers will be able to park two hours for free in designated commercial districts throughout Providence beginning Friday, November 26th. Mayor David N. Cicilline kicked off the annual parking program to help boost the local economy by making it easier for shoppers to Buy Providence this holiday season.

Shoppers will be offered two hours of free parking from 10am until 6pm beginning Friday, November 26th through Wednesday, January 1, 2011 in the following commercial districts:

  • Downtown Providence bounded by Steeple Street, west to route 95; 95 south to 195; 195 east to Point Street; Point Street to Wickenden Street; north on South Main to North Main Street at Steeple Street (exclusive of the court district)
  • Broad Street – Public to Montgomery Street
  • Atwells – Bradford Street to Knight Street
  • North Main Street – Thomas Street to Park Row
  • Olneyville Square – Route 10 to Sydney Street and Delaine to Atwood to Magnolia Streets
  • South Main Street – Wickenden Street to Packet Street
  • Wayland Square – East Angel/Angel to Gano Street. Wayland from Angel to Pitman Streets
  • Hope Street – Rochambeau to Blackstone Boulevard
  • Wickenden/Ives – Wickenden at Benefit to Ives at Preston Street
  • Thayer Street – Meeting Street to Bowen Streets

The holiday parking program is designed for shoppers patronizing local businesses. The two hour parking limit will be strictly enforced by parking enforcement officers. Cars parked illegally in prohibited areas including cross walks and tow zones will be ticketed during this period.

It is good to know that cars parked in crosswalks will be ticketed during the holidays at least, it would be nice if that happened year-round. /sarcasm

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City Plan Commission (Nov. 16)

PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – 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 from October 19th 2010 – for action

CITY COUNCIL REFERRAL

1. Abandonment of a portion of Briggs Street
Petition to abandon a portion of Briggs Street to clarify boundaries of a newly constructed soccer field. (Upper South Providence)

MINOR SUBDIVISION

1. Case No. 10-030 MI – 1144 Chalkstone Avenue (Preliminary Plan Approval)
The applicant wishes to subdivide the existing lot measuring approximately 6,845 SF into two lots measuring 3,021 SF and 3,835 SF. The existing dwelling at the southerly portion of the lot will remain intact. – for action. (AP 64 Lot 643, Mt. Pleasant)

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

2. Downtown Plan
Presentation of revised version of the Downtown Plan by DPD staff. Public comment will be taken – for discussion. (Downtown)

INSTITUTIONAL MASTER PLAN

3. Presentation of Miriam Hospital’s Institutional Master Plan
Continuation of Miriam Hospital’s five year Institutional Master Plan presentation outlining its scope of operations, future land use and relation to the community. The plan was first presented at the October 19th meeting and continued to allow time for review and discussion. – for action. (Hope)

LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

4. Case No. 10-036MA – 454-466 Pine Street, 56 Somerset Street and 415 Friendship Street (Master Plan Approval)
The applicant is seeking Master Plan approval to build a new facility to accommodate a larger dining hall, kitchen, classroom and office space. A portion of the existing facility will be demolished for parking and landscaping. – for action. (AP 23 Lots 89, 90, 91, 124 and 900) (Upper South Providence)

ADJOURNMENT



Agenda [.pdf]

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News & Notes

A team of scientists from the University of Rhode Island (URI) has recently published an article describing a self-healing concrete that would be inexpensive to produce. Such concrete could help reduce structure repair costs, lower cement-production carbon emissions, and even save lives, as it will help design safer buildings. [The Future of Things]

Markets Investing In Neighborhood Health | Shop Here
Two corner stores on the Southside of Providence will get a healthy store “makeover” this week thanks to the Providence Healthy Corner Store Initiative (PHCSI), a new initiative that unites Rhode Island farmers, corner store owners, and community residents to increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain items, low-salt and low-sugar canned goods, and healthier snacks available in Providence neighborhoods. [Providence Daily Dose]

Paul Krugman: America Goes Dark [The New York Times]

Traffic reduction: An urgent public health priority
Traffic is the leading cause of death among children worldwide and the leading cause of death among 1-34 year olds in the United States. So, why isn’t traffic considered the top threat to public health by the CDC, WHO and federal, state and local governments? [Greater Greater Washington]

The WPA’s legacy in Rhode Island [WPRI Blog]

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City Plan Commission Meeting (May 11)

PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING

TUESDAY, MAY 11, 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 April 27th 2010- for action

MAJOR SUBDIVISION

1.Case No. 10-011MA – Subdivision of land from the relocation of Interstate 195 – Public informational meeting
The presentation is intended to provide information to the public and receive public comment as part of the Commission’s review of a proposed major subdivision. This proposal consists of subdividing land within the State’s right-of- way along the Interstate 195 corridor where the highway will be removed. The corridor extends from Interstate 95 northeast north of Clifford Street, then continuing east, crossing Chestnut, Richmond and Dyer Streets, to the west bank of the Providence River. The land also extends from the east bank of the Providence River at James Street, southerly until reaching Interstate 195 at Tockwotton Street. – for discussion. (Downcity)

ZONING CHANGE

2. Referral 3326 – An Ordinance in Amendment of Chapter 27 of the Ordinances of the City of Providence Entitled “The City of Providence Zoning Ordinance,” Approved June 27, 1994, as Amended, to change certain text in Articles I, III, X, and Appendix A; to revise the regulations of the W-3 Zone pertaining to permitted and prohibited uses; to create a new W-4 Zone entitled “Working Waterfront Protection District;” and to apply the W-4 Zone to an area of land along the Providence River south of Thurbers Ave.
In the W-3 zone, this ordinance would prohibit certain currently permitted uses, such as, but not limited to, Residential Mixed Use, incinerators and Other Materials Processing, Distribution and Storage. It would permit certain currently prohibited uses, such as, but not limited to, Temporary Lodging, more than 30 units; educational and health care institutions; marinas; eating and drinking establishments; certain manufacturing uses; Ship and Boat Building and Repair; and tourism-related uses. It would also remove the water-dependency requirement from uses in the W-3 zone. The new W-4 zone would be limited to water- dependent industrial uses. The W-4 zone would apply to land currently zoned W- 3 and W-2, as shown on the map accompanying the ordinance – for action. (Upper South Providence, Lower South Providence and Washington Park)

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

3. Downtown Plan and Knowledge District Study
Presentation of an overview of the Downtown Plan and Knowledge District Study by the DPD to Commission members – for discussion.

ADJOURNMENT

Agenda link [.pdf]

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City Plan Commission Meeting (04/27)

PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 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 March 16th 2010- for action
PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

1. College Hill, Wayland & Fox Point and Waterfront Neighborhood Plans
Vote by Commission members regarding the development potential of the “Shooters” site based on the approved neighborhood plans including an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to prohibit residential use on the parcel. No additional public comment will be taken – for action. (Fox Point)

ZONE CHANGE

2. Referral 3326 – Petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance for inclusion of a new W-4 district and to change the zoning of certain parcels from W-3 to W-4
The petitioner requests that the Zoning Ordinance and corresponding Zoning Maps be amended to describe and depict a new W-4 (Working Waterfront Protection) district. Also requested is the addition of certain uses including but not limited to commercial, retail, cultural and recreational in the W-3 zone.
The changes will affect Articles I, II, IV and X of the Zoning Ordinance. – for action. (Upper, Lower South Providence and Washington Park)

CITY COUNCIL REFERRAL

3. Referral 3324 – Petition to abandon a portion of Briggs Street
Petition to abandon the portion of Briggs Street east of Eddy Street – for action. (Lower South Providence)

ZONE CHANGE

4. Referral 3327 – Petition to change the Zoning of Lot 892 on Assessor’s Plat 80 from R-2 to C-2
The petitioner requests that the zoning of Lot 892 be changed from R-2 (Two Family Residential) to C-2 (General Commercial). – for action. (Manton)

5. Referral 3325 – Petition to change the zoning of Lots 340 and 352 on Asessor’s Plat 26 from R-G to C-2
The petitioner requests that Lots 340 and 352 (76-92 Dean Street) be changed from R-G (General Residence) to C-2(General Commercial). – for action. (Federal Hill)

ADJOURNMENT

Agenda [.pdf]

The Providence Department of Planning & Development is now on Twitter, check them out at @ProvPlanning.

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South Side Shines (04/24)

SOUTH SIDE SHINES EVENT TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

(Providence, RI – March 25, 2010) Community Works Rhode Island is hosting the first annual South Side Shines to celebrate Earth Day and highlight new developments and positive changes on Broad Street. This event is in partnership with the City of Providence Department of Public Works, the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Quisqueya en Accion. The event will take place on Broad Street on Saturday, April 24th from 9:00am-3:00pm. The kick-off will be 9:00am at the Algonquin House at 807 Broad Street. The day will close with lunch and a community celebration from 1:00-3:00pm. The rain date will be May 1.

Over 150 volunteers from the neighborhood, community organizations, Bank of America and other partners will come together to beautify Broad Street and the surrounding neighborhoods. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 at Algonquin House at 807 Broad Street and move out along the street to clean up trash, sweep sidewalks and assist merchants with cleaning storefronts. Volunteers will return to the Algonquin House at 1:00 for lunch donated by Aramark, and to enjoy music and environmental activities by local organizations.

The activities will also include the installation of street furniture created by The Steel Yard, the unveiling of the Broad Street banner campaign funded through the City of Providence Neighborhood Markets program, planting of Providence’s first public fruit orchard at Locust Grove Cemetery with Southside Community Land Trust and the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program, planting and beautification at St. Michael’s Church, and a spring cleanup at Grace Church Cemetery at Elmwood Avenue and Broad Street.

Carrie Marsh, Executive Director of CWRI said, “We are excited to celebrate Earth Day with the City and our partners in the community, and to engage with our neighbors in a fun and productive day. We look forward to working together to positively transform the neighborhood by cleaning streets, planting trees, and installing artist-designed street furniture and banners. Community Works and SWAP currently have significant real estate developments under construction along the Broad Street corridor. Working together we can highlight the street and continue to build on the new investments that are being made.”

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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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UPDATED City: Put the Waterfront to Work

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The city has released their Waterfront Plan and accompanying website and blog.

I haven’t had a chance to delve into it much, so I’m just putting this here for conversation, not my commentary (for now). The website highlights two main goals:

Now, the City of Providence has a new plan to Put the Waterfront to Work. The two main goals of this initiative are:

  1. Expand the Port of Providence from Thurbers Avenue to Fields Point, reserving the area solely for marine industrial uses with a new Working Waterfront Protection Zone.
  2. Help the area along Allens Avenue attract new businesses, create jobs and produce more tax revenue, while allowing existing businesses to continue to thrive.

Look through the report and share your thoughts in the comments.

UPDATE

The Providence Working Waterfront Alliance has sent me their rebuttal to the city’s Waterfront Plan. Posted below, for informational purposes, Greater City Providence has not taken a position on the waterfront as of yet.

A few points:

  1. The city is proposing their new “Working Waterfront Protective Zone” only south of Thurbers Ave. This area is primarily ProvPort which is city owned land that is managed by ProvPort. The exact same heavy industrial water-dependent activities occur on northern Allens Ave (Sprague, Promet, Rhode Island Recycled Metals) yet they do not receive similar protections, why?
  2. The city’s plan for Thurbers Ave north on Allens Ave would still declare all properties in the area as “blighted and substandard.” That is the first step required before moving forward with condemnation and eminent domain procedures. And that designation would be in effect for 40 years. You do not declare an area, including successful businesses who employ hundreds of people, as “blighted and substandard” just for the heck of it.
  3. The plan for Allens Ave would allow for residential and hotel uses directly next to water-dependent and heavy industrial businesses. This is a recipe for existing users to be complained out of business by future hotel/condo guests and residents. This type of “mixed-use” is particularly inappropriate directly in between an oil terminal – Sprague, an asphalt plant – Narragansett Improvement, and a marine repair shipyard – Promet.
  4. It is inaccurate that that there has been no industrial growth on Allens Avenue for the past 20 years. Just 7 water-dependent, water-enhanced, and industrial businesses in the Allens Avenue area are responsible for:
    • $294,000,000 in annual business sales
    • 372 workers (90% full time) with an average total compensation of approximately $60,000 per year
    • Direct, indirect, and induced effects combined = $324 million in total business output within the state, over 700 jobs, and nearly $30 million in household income

    Similarly, J. Goodison Company is a full-service marine repair contractor which employs 19 people. J. Goodison has partnered with Promet Marine for the past three years, and primarily operates from Promet’s pier. As a federal HUBZone contractor, J. Goodison has helped attract numerous Coast Guard repair contracts, and has hired and trained many employees from economically depressed areas of Providence.

  5. The offhanded remark about adult entertainment businesses is extremely unfair. City zoning only allows adult entertainment establishments in M-1 or M-2 districts. The western section of Allens Ave is primary zoned M-2, so this is one of the only areas in the city that such establishments can legally operate.

For more responses to the city’s Waterfront Plan, please see the detailed statements below:

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