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UPDATED: PPS: General Electric Base Plant Demolition Proposal

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Image from Bing Maps

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.

atwells drive thru

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


Image from Google StreetView

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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