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The project to redevelop the Teste Block, old Providence Gas Building, and Narragansett Hotel Garage now has a website, ProvidenceG.com. The site currently is simply a placeholder with an email link for information about leasing and a short marketing blurb:

The ProvidenceG is a new development of one of the city’s most iconic historic buildings. Luxury apartment rentals are complimented by exceptional amenities and services as well as on-site fine dining and entertainment venues creating a truly unmatched lifestyle.

PBN has an article (behind the paywall) today about the project.

They report the project will include 52 luxury apartments expected to be ready for occupancy in October. There several restaurant/retail spaces available and there will be a rooftop bar. The old Narragansett Hotel Garage will have vetically stacked parking, apartments on the upper floors, and a rooftop pool. The project will also feature a fitness center for guests.

This all sounds nice if you can afford it. Another PBN article today noted that the Waterplace development still only has 73 of the 193 units under contract. So it will remain to be seen if luxury living in Downtown Providence is a commodity people are interested in buying.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – September 10, 2012

Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, September 10, 2012 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Meeting Room, 444 Westminster Street, Providence

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of June 11, 2012 and July 9, 2012

Old Business

1. DRC Application No. 11.01: 55 Canal Street (Arnold Hoffman Building, now RISD’s Illustration Studies Building) Presentation of design modifications to the proposed 5-story addition on the east elevation of the building to house a code-compliant stairway, elevator and restrooms. (The project received final approval at the DRC meeting on 4/11/11).

2. DRC Application No. 11.05: 108 Weybosset Street/88 Dorrance Street (Teste Block) Review of construction details for the new infill addition on the Weybosset Street elevation, and review of new storefront details for the Teste Block. (The project received conceptual approval at the DRC meeting on 8/15/11).

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Teste Block Christo’d

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Teste Block at Dorrance and Weybosset Streets

Last month the Old Narragansett Hotel Garage was wrapped in plastic and now looks gorgeous! Today the adjoining Teste Block Building is getting wrapped and I can’t wait to see what it looks like when the wrapping comes down.

All this building wrapping is part of an on-going project to convert all the buildings on the block to residential use. My understanding is the Teste Block will have a restaurant on the ground floor with a glassed in area at the back (along Weybosset Street).

My plan has always been to buy the Teste Block myself after I won the Powerball. While I’m disappointed to have never won the Powerball and bought the building, I’m excited to see it getting cared for.

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Downcity Design Review Committee Meeting – August 15, 2011

Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, August 15, 2011 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of June 13, 2011

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 11.05: 108 Weybosset Street/88 Dorrance Street (Teste Block)

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The Teste Block (narrowest building) on the corner of Dorrance and Weybosset. Image from Google Street View.

Proposal to remove the existing storefronts and infill on the Weybosset Street (north) and Dorrance Street (west) elevations, and to install a new storefront system on both elevations.

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Downcity Design Review Committee Meeting – April 11, 2011

Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, April 11, 2011 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Conference Room
400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of March 14, 2011

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 11.01 – 55 Canal Street (Arnold Hoffman Building, now RISD’s Illustration Studies Building)

Continued review of the proposal to construct a new 5-story addition on the east elevation of the building to house a code-compliant stairway, elevator and restrooms. (The project received conceptual approval at the DRC meeting on 1/10/11).

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