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City Plan Commission Meeting (12/01)

PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 – 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: November 3, 2009

INSTITUTIONAL MASTER PLAN

1. Brown University Institutional Master Plan Amendment # 2
Amendment to the Brown Institutional Master Plan (IMP) for the purposes of including development plans for Jewelry District properties and streetscapes, as well as updates on plan implementation and clarifications of previously proposed plan details.

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

2. Neighborhood Plan Presentations
Presentation of the Upper South Providence/Lower South Providence/Elmwood neighborhood plan by DPD staff. The plan will be reviewed by the Commission and public comment will be taken.

ADJOURNMENT

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City Plan Commission Meeting (11/17)

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: October 20, 2009

CITY COUNCIL REFERRAL


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1. Referral 3320 – Petition to abandon a portion of Walnut Street
Petition to abandon Walnut Street between Westminster and Washington Streets. (Downcity)

LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT


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2. Case No. 08-044MA – 369 Prairie Avenue (Preliminary Plan Approval)
Request for Preliminary Plan stage approval for the redevelopment of the former Federated Lithograph site on Prairie Avenue. The applicant is proposing to demolish some of the existing buildings on site, renovate the existing building at the easterly end of the property and construct an addition for use as a health center. The existing vacant building in the western portion of the lot is intended for office space. A new retail building at the northern end of the lot is also proposed. The site is bounded by Potters Avenue, Gordon Avenue, Saratoga Street and Prairie Avenue. (AP 48, Lots 578, 959, 975, 976, 987, 988, 989, 1005). (Lower South Providence)


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3. Case No. 09-037MA – 1261 North Main Street (Master Plan Approval)
The applicant is proposing to construct a new mixed-use building on a currently vacant lot. Ground floor retail space, 7 housing units and 12 onsite parking spaces are being proposed for the 4 story building. The applicant is requesting dimensional adjustments to increase the number of building stories over what is permitted in the C-4 zone and reduce the number of parking spaces required. (AP 91 Lot 648) (Hope).

REDEVELOPMENT PLANS

4. 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.City Plan Commission Agenda for October 20, 2009 2

5. 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.

ADJOURNMENT

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City Plan Commission Special Meeting on Waterfront Plan – November 3, 2009

Providence Tugs (TiltShift Fake)

Notice of Special Meeting • November 3, 2009 • 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium
400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call

Providence Tomorrow

Waterfront Plan Presentation Presentation of the Waterfront Plan based on the results of the Waterfront Charrette conducted in June 2008.

Adjournment


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A note about 175 Broad Street


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For the past several (at least) months a Land Development Project at 175 Broad Street has been on the agenda for the City Plan Commission.

2. 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 September 15, 2009.

I haven’t been able to make the meetings and haven’t written about this proposal here. I have heard around town that the proposal was for a CVS (perhaps with a drive-thru). Month after month this proposal has been continued at CPC meetings. I finally made it to last night’s CPC Meeting where this proposal was again on the agenda. Last night, the developer withdrew the proposal. So, for now at least, 175 Broad Street will not be redeveloped, and happily won’t be seeing a CVS drive-thru.

A small scale retail building, especially with a drive-thru is not the best use for this parcel. The parcel sits on Broad Street across from Crossroads RI and between the Classical High School fields and the Service Road (along Cahir Street). As the Metro Transit Study proposes to build a bus transit sub-hub on Cahir Street, that proposal should drive what is developed at the 175 Broad Street site.


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This area of Broad Street is currently hurting pretty bad, with many buildings boarded up, large surface lots along Stewart Street, and auto-oriented development southward on Broad Street. The lack of residents and business in the area reduces the eyes on the streets. Currently, Crossroads dominates as one of the only occupied buildings in the area. Unfortunately the sometimes unsavory activity associated with Crossroads, is amplified by the fact that there is a dearth of other residents and businesses in the area.

With it’s proximity to Downcity, excellent (and soon hopefully even more excellent) transportation options, and the employment center at the hospitals just to the south, this area is primed for mixed income affordable and workforce housing.

The 175 Broad Street site would be best served by a larger scale building with mixed income housing and neighborhood retail on the ground floor. RIPTA services for the sub-hub and perhaps a police substation could also be housed in the ground floor. The Service Road face of the building should also be built to the street to begin to integrate the Service Road into the city, making it a city street instead of the traffic sewer it currently is. This site, or other large surface lots nearby could also support needed neighborhood services such as a grocery store, drawing people from Upper South Providence, the West Side, and the Cathedral Square area. Smart redevelopment of this site and other un/under-utilized sites in the area will help knit South Providence back into the Downcity and provide a connection between the nascent retail area on Westminster Street (at Cahir/Dean) and Trinity Square.

As the gateway to South Providence, and considering the current state of the area, the city should focus on how to redevelop this area to serve the low and middle income residents of the city. It should not be left to rot and turned over to such poor uses as drive-thru pharmacies. Happily, this is the direction the current neighbor plan is going. We must ensure the neighborhood plan happens and that poor proposals are not allowed to take root and derail that vision.

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RIDOT closing Allens Ave. for track work


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A portion of Allens Avenue south of Thurbers Avenue will be closing this Friday (Oct. 23) evening through next Tuesday (Oct. 27) for work at the railroad crossing near the Port of Providence. See the RIDOT Press Release.

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I’ve been through here a few times recently and there is a huge pothole along the tracks heading southbound, good to see this getting fixed.

Cyclists especially should plan for the detour as the recommended detour may not be the best option to get to your destination on bike.

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City Plan Commission Meeting (10/20)

PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2009 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: September 15, 2009

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

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

MINOR SUBDIVISION


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1. Case No. 09-033MI – 716 North Main Street (Preliminary Approval)
The applicant wishes to subdivide a lot measuring 97,515 SF into two lots measuring 64,238 SF and 33,277 SF. The applicant wishes to use the newly created lot for parking. The subject property is located in a C-4 zone. The newly created lot will be served by Printery Street, which runs through the property (AP 2 Lot 340). (Mt. Hope)

LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS


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2. 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 September 15, 2009.


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3. Case No. 09-034MA – 1380 Broad Street (Master and Preliminary Approval)
The applicant is requesting to combine development review stages to demolish an existing structure formerly used for retail and residential use and construct a mixed-use building. (AP 58 Lots 59 and 446) (Washington Park).

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

4. Neighborhood Planning Update
Public comment will be taken on the Hope/Mt. Hope/Blackstone plan originally presented in July. The Commission will also take public comment on the College Hill/Fox Point/Wayland plan presented at the Commission’s September meeting. The Commission continued the items to allow more time for public review of the plans. The Commission may choose to act to adopt one or more of the neighborhood plans presented at the previous meetings.City Plan Commission Agenda for October 20, 2009

ADJOURNMENT

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