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UPDATED: City Plan Commission Meeting – September 16, 2014

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from the August 19th meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3382 – Petition to abandon a portion of Stanhope Street – The applicant intends to abandon the portion of Stanhope Street adjacent to AP 97 Lot 12 to add to the area of the lot – for action (Charles)

The Orange Street abandonment has been removed from the CPC Agenda.

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Orange Street from Weybosset Street. Image from Google Street View

2. Referral 3384 – Petition to abandon a portion of Orange Street – The applicant intends to abandon the portion of Orange Street located between Weybosset and Middle Street and between AP 20 lots 131 and 135 – for action (Downtown)

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City Plan Commission Meeting – August 19, 2014

featured-bikeped City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from June 29th meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

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Adrian Hall Way – Image from Google Street View

1. Referral 3381 – Petition to abandon Adrian Hall Way The applicant, Trinity Repertory Company, is requesting to abandon the entirety of Adrian Hall Way including AP 25 Lot 179 – for action (Downtown)

2. Referral 3382 – Petition to abandon a portion of Stanhope Street The applicant intends to abandon the portion of Stanhope Street adjacent to AP 97 Lot 12 to add to the area of the lot – for action (Charles)

Minor Subdivision

3. Case No. 14-027 MI – 345 Harris Ave The applicant is requesting to subdivide a lot at 345 Harris Ave measuring approximately 183,884 SF into two lots measuring 29,585 SF and 154,299 SF respectively – for action (AP 27 Lot 284, Valley)

Public Informational Meeting Major Land Development Project

4. Case No. 14-028MA – 345 Harris Ave (Master Plan Approval) The applicant is seeking master plan approval to develop the subdivided portion of the subject lot as a parking lot that will provide 86 parking spaces. Public comment will be taken – for action (AP 27 Lot 84, Olneyville)

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UPDATED: PPS: General Electric Base Plant Demolition Proposal

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Update 4pm: The demolition has been approved on a technicality, we’re waiting on PPS to issue a statement and will post it when they do.
This post originally appeared on the Providence Preservation Society’s website. Reposted with permission.
Now I’m being told this afternoon’s meeting is canceled.

A special meeting of the Providence Historic District Commission will be held on Monday, May 5, at 4:15 pm at 444 Westminster to vote on a demolition application for the General Electric Base Plant complex at 586 Atwells Avenue. Built c. 1916, the GE Base Plant stands as a fine expression of post-World War I industrial architecture, and according to the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission the plant was once the largest producer of lamp bases in the world – employing 500 people at the Atwells Avenue site.

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Drive-thru proposed for Atwells Avenue in Valley

At their November 13th Meeting, the Zoning Board of Review will consider a request for a drive-thru at the gas station site at the corner of Atwells Avenue and Valley Street, across from Eagle Square shopping center.

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Subject property fronts Atwells between Valley and Tuxedo. Image from Bing Maps.

RTJM, LLC: 259-269 Valley Street, 268-280 Atwells Avenue1 & 13-15 Tuxedo Avenue, also known as Lots 532, 533, 580 & 583 on the Tax Assessor’s Plat 33, located in a General Commercial C-2 Zone; the applicant is seeking a dimensional variance for relief from Sections 409 (requirements for retail gasoline fueling facilities) and 607.3 (provisions for signs) in the proposed modernization of the existing retail gasoline fueling facility with retail uses, and a special use permit pursuant to Section 303-Use Code 57.2 in order to provide for a new drive-in window. The lots in question together contain approximately 28,550 square feet of land area.

The lot with the gas station on it has already been cleared, the car wash on Valley Street and the building facing Tuxedo Avenue remain.

The Zoning Board of Review meets on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 5:30pm at 444 Westminster Street.

1The Atwells address above is wrong, it is on Federal Hill and not contiguous with the parcels in question on Valley Street and Tuxedo Avenue.

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Updated: City Plan Commission Meeting – October 16, 2012

Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, October 16, 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 minutes from September 18th, 2012 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Major Subdivision

1. Case No. 10-011MA – Preliminary Plan Approval for Subdivision of land from the relocation of Interstate 195 – PUBLIC HEARING The public hearing will 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 was 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,

City Council Referral

2. City Council Referral 3357 – Petition for zone change from C-2 to M-1 at 103 Dike Street Petition to rezone the property at 103 Dike Street from C-2 to M-1 – for action (Olneyville, AP 105 Lot 489)

3. City Council Referral 3358 – Petition to extend the I-3 overlay district Petition to extend the I-3 overlay district to include 1 Cookson Place/33 Broad Street – for action (Downtown, AP 24 Lot 626)

City of Providence Zoning Ordinance

Minor Subdivision

4. Case No. 12-045MI – 475 Valley Street The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval to divide the existing lot into three lots – for action (Valley, AP 27 Lot 263)

Adjournment


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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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City Plan Commission Meeting, April 12

City Plan Commission

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, April 12, 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 March 15th 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

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City Plan Commission Meeting, Feb. 15

City Plan Commission

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 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 December 14th 2010 – for action
  • Director’s Report – Update on Downtown Plan/Knowledge District Study and Comprehensive Plan Updates
  • Recognition of the service of Brian Principe and Sam Limiadi to the City Plan Commission

CITY COUNCIL REFERRAL

1. Referral No. 3335 – Petition to rezone 16, 17, 18, 21 and 22 Harold Street and 58 Aurora Street from R-3 to M-1
Petition to rezone six lots on Plat 65 currently zoned R-31 to M-12 – for action (AP 22 Lots 693, 694, 695, 701, 702 and 828)

MINOR SUBDIVISION

2. Case No. 10-030MI – 1144 Chalkstone Avenue
Subdivision of a lot measuring 6,870 SF into two lots measuring 3,835 SF and 3,021 SF – for action (AP 64 Lot 643. Mt. Pleasant)

INSTITUTIONAL MASTER PLAN

3. Rhode Island School of Design Institutional Master Plan Amendment
Amendment to the Institutional Master Plan for the Rhode Island School of Design – for action (College Hill, Fox Point, Mt. Hope, Downtown)

MAJOR LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

4. Case No. 10-025MA – Redevelopment of former Victory Finishing Technology site [145 Globe Street] (Master Plan Approval)
Redevelopment of former Victory Finishing Technology Site and proximate lots for a mixed use development for research and development, educational and residential uses3. A parking structure and landscaping for neighboring lots is also proposed – for action. (AP 21 Lots 326-328, 332, 333, 336, 353 and 399. AP 22 Lots 83 and 352. Downtown D-2 Overlay)

ADJOURNMENT

1 R-3 Zoning definition: R-3 Three-Family District. This zone is intended for medium and low density residential areas comprised of structures containing single-family dwelling units, two-family dwelling units and three-family dwelling units located on lots with a minimum land area of five thousand (5,000) square feet and a minimum land area of two thousand (2,000) square feet per dwelling unit.

2 M-1 Zoning definition: M-1 Industrial District. This zone is intended for general industrial uses that accommodate a variety of manufacturing, assembly, storage of durable goods and related activities provided that they do not pose toxic, explosive or environmental hazard in the city; and to support live-work spaces only in those existing underutilized industrial and/or commercial structures that are included in Article V, section 501, “Industrial and Commercial Individual Structure District.”

3Recent ProJo article regarding Victory Finishing Site.

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PCIS to redevelop Eastern Butcher Block building


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Providence Business News reports that the Partnership for Creative Industrial Space is in the process of renovating the Eastern Butcher Block building in Eagle Square.

Rachel Rafaelian bought the building, located across from the Monohasset Mill, in July for $530,000. Rafaelian is working with Eric Bright of PCIS to renovate the building for artist space. The pair plan to spend $600,000 on the project.

Rafaelian and Bright plan to create 25 spaces and rent them to artists at $5 to $6 a square foot, plus utilities. Plans also call for wood-making and glass blowing shops that people can rent by the hour or the day. And, if financing permits, they want to install a commercial-grade kitchen that beginning caterers and culinary students can use.

In the future, artist live/work space could be added to the project, the pair tell PBN they will need bank financing and a return of the state historic tax credit to make that happen.

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City Plan Commission Meeting, March 16

PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 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
  • Election of CPC Officers – for action
  • Approval of meeting minutes of February 23rd 2010 – for action

Minor Subdivision

1. Case No. 10-009MI – 33-45 Acorn Street
The applicant is proposing to subdivide the existing lot measuring 103,555 SF by creating a new lot at the southeastern portion of the structure measuring 17,339 SF. The subject property is zoned M-1 and occupied by a multistory industrial building (AP 27 Lot 254, Valley) – for action.

Adjournment

Agenda [.pdf]

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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 (11/17)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 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: 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

Agenda

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So what is going on with Struever Bros.?

Dynamo House

June 27, 2013: Brown letter to campus regarding South Street Power Station project

So ProJo reported on their blog yesterday and in print today that Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse has left Rhode Island and pulled out of all projects that it was working on here. PBN however reports that that is not entirely true.

Both papers quote CEO William Struever, ProJo:

“Like many other real estate development and construction companies, Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse is working through the complex challenges of these trying economic times,” Struever said in a statement. “While Struever Bros. will have no continued ownership in the future phases of ALCO, McCormack Baron and Olneyville Housing are committed to the revitalization of one of the most important projects in all of Providence.”

and PBN:

“We remain committed to getting our projects moving forward and getting our tenants in,” Struever said.

SBE&R’s financial problems are no secret, a quick look at the Google Machine will return many stories recounting the company’s woes from Rhode Island to Baltimore. Many contractors here in Rhode Island have claims against the company. SBE&R has pointed to the loss of Rhode Island’s historic tax credit and the freezing of credit markets as a major contributor to it’s financial woes.

SBE&R’s largest current projects in Providence are ALCO in the Valley neighborhood and the Dynamo House in the Jewelry District.

The first phase of ALCO is complete with United Natural Foods having moved their corporate offices from Connecticut to ALCO. According to ProJo, McCormack Baron Salazar of St. Louis will be taking over the next two phases which will include 85 units of low-to-moderate income housing and 25 units of workforce housing. McCormack Baron Salazar plans to reduce the amount of market rate housing originally planned. 50,000 square feet of commercial space are slated for the next phases as well.

Dynamo House was planned to be the home of the long delayed Heritage Harbor Museum as well as a luxury hotel property and office space in the former South Street Power Plant along the Providence River.

It seems there is commitment, and least from McCormack Baron Salazar, to move forward with at least some plans for ALCO. The Dynamo House situation is frustrating. With Route 195 coming down, the waterfront between downtown and the Davol Square area will open up, and the Dynamo House could be the anchor of a vibrant waterfront district for Providence. Struever told PBN that the Dynamo House is on hold while the company tries to secure financing for it, but that SBE&R is committed to the project. I won’t be holding my breath, but I really do hope that the project can move forward either with SBE&R or through someone else.

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