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2014 Providence free holiday parking program starts Black Friday

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From the City:


Mayor Taveras Announces Return of Free Holiday Parking

City offers two hours of free parking for shoppers beginning November 28th

PROVIDENCE – To accommodate holiday shoppers and support local businesses during the busy holiday sales season, Mayor Taveras announced today that there will be two hours of free parking in designated commercial districts throughout Providence.

Shoppers will be offered two hours of free parking from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. beginning Friday, November 28, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015 in the following commercial districts:

  • Atwells Avenue – Bradford Street to Knight Street
  • Broad Street – Public Street to Montgomery Street
  • Downtown Providence – bounded by Fountain Street, Memorial Boulevard, Weybosset Street, Empire Street and Friendship Street (from Dyer Street to Dorrance Street)
  • Hope Street – Rochambeau Avenue to Blackstone Boulevard
  • North Main Street – Thomas Street to Park Row
  • Olneyville Square – Route 10 to Sydney Street and Delaine Street to Atwood Street to Magnolia Street
  • South Main Street – James Street to Packet Street
  • Point St – From Eddy to East Franklin St
  • Thayer Street – Meeting Street to Bowen Street
  • Wayland Square – East Angell Street/Angell Street to Gano Street and Wayland Avenue from Angell Street to Pitman Street
  • Wickenden/Ives – Wickenden Street at Benefit Street to Ives Street at Preston Street

The holiday parking program is designed to make it easier for shoppers to patronize local businesses. The two-hour parking limit will be strictly enforced by parking enforcement officers. Cars parked illegally in prohibited areas, including crosswalks and tow zones, will be ticketed during this period.


So no excuse not to Buy Local this holiday season.

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2013 City of Providence Free Holiday parking starts Friday

Holiday Parking Program

City of Providence offers free holiday parking

To accommodate holiday shoppers and support local businesses during the busy holiday sales season, Mayor Taveras announced today that there will be two hours of free parking in designated commercial districts throughout Providence. Shoppers will be offered two hours of free parking from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. beginning Friday, November 29, 2013 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in the following commercial districts:

  • Atwells Avenue – Bradford Street to Knight Street
  • Broad Street – Public Street to Montgomery Street
  • Downtown Providence – bounded by Fountain Street, Memorial Boulevard, Weybosset Street, Empire Street and Pine Street (from Dorrance Street to Dyer Street)
  • Hope Street – Rochambeau Avenue to Blackstone Boulevard
  • North Main Street – Thomas Street to Park Row
  • Olneyville Square – Route 10 to Sydney Street and Delaine Street to Atwood Street to Magnolia Street
  • South Main Street – James Street to Packet Street
  • Thayer Street – Meeting Street to Bowen Street
  • Wayland Square – East Angell Street/Angell Street to Gano Street and Wayland Avenue from Angell Street to Pitman Street
  • Wickenden/Ives – Wickenden Street at Benefit Street to Ives Street at Preston Street

The holiday parking program is designed to make it easier for shoppers to patronize local businesses. The two-hour parking limit will be strictly enforced by parking enforcement officers. Cars parked illegally in prohibited areas, including crosswalks and tow zones, will be ticketed during this period.

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2012 Holiday Parking Program starts November 23rd

Holiday Parking Program

City of Providence offers free holiday parking

To accommodate holiday shoppers and support local businesses, motorists in Providence will be offered two hours of free parking from 10am until 6pm from Friday, November 23, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The holiday parking program is designed for shoppers patronizing local businesses. Shoppers may park at a meter for the first two hours for free. If they remain at the meter past two hours they must pay the meter. The parking program includes Saturdays; however, cars parked in prohibited areas or beyond a time limit will be ticketed during this period. The holiday parking program will be offered 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
  • Broad Street – Public Street to Montgomery Street
  • Atwells Avenue – 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 Street to Gano Street. Wayland from Angel Street to Pitman Street
  • Hope Street – Rochambeau to Blackstone Boulevard
  • Wickenden/Ives – Wickenden at Benefit Street to Ives Street at Preston Street
  • Thayer Street – Meeting Street to Bowen Street

The Buy Providence and Buy Art campaigns will run through the New Year holiday. The City will host a number of holiday events between now and January 1. Mayor Taveras will welcome Santa Claus to Roger Williams Park on Saturday, November 24. On Saturday, December 1, the City will host its annual tree lighting ceremony at the Bank of America Skating Center.

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2 RIPTA routes to be detoured for Reservoir Avenue bridge work


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RIPTA Routes 21 and 22 will be detoured starting Monday, April 23rd due to the closure of the Reservoir Avenue bridge over Amtrak for repairs.

Due to Reservoir Avenue Bridge repairs, RIPTA to detour Route 21 (Reservoir) and Route 22 (Pontiac Ave.)

Due to Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) repairs to the Reservoir Avenue Bridge, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will detour Route 21 (Reservoir) and Route 22 (Pontiac Ave.) in the Providence/Cranston area. RIPTA will detour Route 21 and Route 22 beginning with the first trip on Monday, April 23, 2012, and continue for approximately thirty days.

The Route 21 (Reservoir) and Route 22 (Pontiac Ave.) detour is as follows:

Inbound trips will travel the regular route to the intersection of Elmwood and Reservoir Avenues, then take a right onto Narragansett Avenue, left onto Roger Williams Avenue, left onto Elmwood Avenue and then resume the regular route.

Outbound trips will travel the regular route to the intersection of Elmwood and Reservoir Avenues, continue on Elmwood Avenue, take a right onto Roger Williams Avenue, right onto Narragansett Avenue, left onto Reservoir Avenue, and then resume the regular route.

For more information on RIPTA services, customers may call 781-9400.

RIPTA

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Providence receives HUD grant to improve transit on high ridership bus routes

Broad Street

Image from Google Street View

Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities Project

The City of Providence has been awarded a Community Planning Challenge Grant through HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities to conduct the Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities study. The project will focus on the highest ridership bus routes in the city– Broad Street, Chalkstone Avenue, Elmwood Avenue, Manton Avenue, and North Main Street. Over the next 18 months, the City and RIPTA will be working together to conduct corridor studies to improve transit service, enhance bus stops and other pedestrian amenities, and encourage the development of mixed-income housing and opportunities for jobs and the arts near transit. Once the corridor studies are complete, the City will update and revise the Providence Zoning Ordinance so that it will be an effective tool to implement the corridor plans and the City’s overall livability and sustainability goals.

Project Goals

  • Provide frequent, reliable transit service.
  • Improve access to employment centers, arts and cultural opportunities, and healthy food choices.
  • Encourage development that is concentrated around transit stops and offers a range of housing choices serving a variety of household types and income levels.
  • Encourage the creation of community hubs, unique to the character of the neighborhoods where they are located.

More information at ProvidenceRI.com

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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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Community Works Rhode Island Open House (02/25)

COMMUNITY WORKS RHODE ISLAND RENOVATES SIGNIFICANT BUILDINGS IN ITS ONGOING EFFORTS TO STABILIZE THE ELMWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD.

Community Works Rhode Island has completed the renovation of a significant historic residence on Parkis Avenue, for affordable and energy efficient rental units.

February 23, 2010, Providence, RI – Community Works Rhode Island (CWRI) will celebrate the completion of its newest housing at 14 Parkis Avenue, on Thursday, February 25, from 5:00pm-8:00pm. The public is welcome to attend this open house and enjoy the beautiful space, local ethnic food, and music by guitarist Noah Andrade, a ten year old musician of Cape Verdean descent. The open house will be sponsored by Stand Construction.

The building at 14 Parkis has been redeveloped with 10 studio and one bedroom units. A total of three historic homes on Parkis Avenue are currently being redeveloped for a total of 22 energy-efficient, income-restricted rental units. These buildings will all be complete in Spring 2010.

CWRI has owned 18 properties on Parkis Avenue. The organization is transforming a street of Victorian-era urban mansions into an award-winning new community with nearly 100 rental and homeownership units which serve a mix of incomes. The Parkis Avenue redevelopment has won two awards from the Providence Preservation Society for neighborhood revitalization, and also the prestigious national MetLife Award in 2008 for a community safety initiative.

Parkis Avenue is adjacent to the Broad and Elmwood business corridors, and several major bus routes. Neighborhood amenities, schools, social services and downtown Providence are within walking distance. All units have access to convenient laundry, outdoor space, and parking.

Carrie Marsh, Executive Director of CWRI, said “We are thrilled with the renovation of this significant building into bright, beautiful and energy-efficient living spaces, at an affordable level. It is a key piece of the transformation of Parkis Avenue as an anchor of the neighborhood. It allows us to continue to provide stable and well managed housing in a difficult economy.”

The project team for the Parkis Historic Properties is as follows:

  • Developer: Community Works Rhode Island
  • Architect: David Presbrey Architects
  • Contractor: Stand Corporation
  • Consultant: Barbara Sokoloff Associates
  • Attorneys: Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman
  • Financing: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, State of Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission, Rhode Island Housing, City of Providence, the Chestnut Fund, Citizens Bank, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) of Rhode Island, NeighborWorks America, and Community Housing Capital.
  • Leasing: First Realty Management

About CWRI: Community Works Rhode Island was formed by the merger of the Elmwood Foundation and Greater Elmwood Neighborhood Services (GENS) which served Providence’s Elmwood neighborhood for over 30 years, and undertook numerous community development initiatives, created hundreds of units of affordable housing and mixed use development, and invested more than $60 million in to the local community. CWRI is located at 693 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02907, 401-273-2330, communityworksri.org.

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