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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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City Plan Commission Meeting – February 28, 2012

Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 28, 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 from January 24, 2012 meeting – for action

Minor Land Development Project

1. Case No. 12-02MI – 47 49 Seekonk Street (Preliminary Plan Approval) The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval to demolish the existing building and construct a new 37 unit apartment building with underground and above ground parking. The applicant is requesting dimensional adjustments for height, density and setbacks. (Wayland, AP 15, Lots 248 and 250 – C-2. Lots 238 and 239 – W-1) – for action

Institutional Master Plan

2. Presentation of Butler Hospital’s five year Institutional Master Plan
Adoption of five year Institutional Master Plan for Butler Hospital outlining 5 year plans for development, capital improvements, operations and circulation – for action

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Free holiday parking starts Nov. 26

December 2009 Blizzard

City of Providence Press Release:

Shoppers offered two hours of free parking to make it easier for people to Buy Providence this holiday season

PROVIDENCE – Holiday shoppers will be able to park two hours for free in designated commercial districts throughout Providence beginning Friday, November 26th. Mayor David N. Cicilline kicked off the annual parking program to help boost the local economy by making it easier for shoppers to Buy Providence this holiday season.

Shoppers will be offered two hours of free parking from 10am until 6pm beginning Friday, November 26th through Wednesday, January 1, 2011 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 (exclusive of the court district)
  • Broad Street – Public to Montgomery Street
  • Atwells – 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 to Gano Street. Wayland from Angel to Pitman Streets
  • Hope Street – Rochambeau to Blackstone Boulevard
  • Wickenden/Ives – Wickenden at Benefit to Ives at Preston Street
  • Thayer Street – Meeting Street to Bowen Streets

The holiday parking program is designed for shoppers patronizing local businesses. The two hour parking limit will be strictly enforced by parking enforcement officers. Cars parked illegally in prohibited areas including cross walks and tow zones will be ticketed during this period.

It is good to know that cars parked in crosswalks will be ticketed during the holidays at least, it would be nice if that happened year-round. /sarcasm

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Reader Submission: New Wayland Square bus shelter


Photo © Amanda Jordan

A reader submitted the above photo of the new bus shelter on Angell Street near Wayland Square. As the reader pointed out, it is near Wayland Square, actually just past the intersection with Elmgrove. Why not place it at the corner of Wayland Avenue in the square itself? There is a bus stop just before the Starbucks.

I would also say, as beautiful as it is as a work of art, it isn’t terribly shelter-ie. The thing that I don’t like about the Lamar shelters, is that the back is perforated, so the wind howls right through it. The roof offers protection from rain, but the protection from wind is as important, especially this time of year. This shelter in Wayland Square looks like it lacks any wind protection.

Where are there really good bus shelters?


Photo by Jef Nickerson

In Boston on parts of the Silver Line. The stopped pictured above at South Station, is basically a mini-bus station. Good wind and rain and snow protection, a ticket machine, schedule information… This is obviously more than we need at most stops, but it is really great and I hope we see something like this along the Rapid bus lines RIPTA is planning.

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City Plan Commission Meeting (01/19)

PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 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
Approval of Meeting Minutes: December 1st and 15th, 2009
Approval of the CPC meeting schedule for the 2010 calendar year
Designation of Recording Secretary

CITY COUNCIL REFERRAL


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1. Referral 3321 – Petition to abandon a portion of Penrose Avenue
Petition to abandon the unimproved portion of Penrose Avenue. (Blackstone)

LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT


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2. Case No. 09-050MA – 395 Promenade Street (Master Plan Approval)
The applicant is seeking Master Plan Approval to reuse approximately 2,600 SF of the southwest portion of an existing 2 story building and construct a new 23,000 SF one story laboratory building. The building will be used as a blood bank. Onsite parking will be provided. The property abuts Promenade and Bath Streets. (AP 67 Lots 341, 522 and 523) (Smith Hill)

The applicant has requested that this item be continued to the February 23, 2010 meeting.

PROVIDENCE TOMORROW

3. College Hill, Wayland & Fox Point Neighborhood Plan
Continuation of the discussion between Commission members and staff regarding the development potential of the “Shooters” site based on the approved neighborhood plan. The discussion will also address the legal issues surrounding downzoning the site. No additional public comment will be taken.

4. Neighborhood Plan Presentations
Presentation of the West End/Federal Hill/ Reservoir, Charles/Wanskuck and Hartford/Manton/Silver Lake neighborhood plans by DPD staff. The plans will be reviewed by the Commission and public comment will be taken. The Commission may choose to act to adopt one or more of the neighborhood plans presented.

ADJOURNMENT

Agenda

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Zoning Board Smacks Down Paved Yard

David Kolsky, organizer of the Wayland Square neighborhood group, emailed members the happy news of the Zoning Board defeating one of the more brazen attempts by a property owner to pave over their front yard for parking. This apartment property, at 153-155 Medway Street, actually borders the Wayland Sqaure community parking lot where the building’s residents already park for a small fee. Absolutely amazing…

Here are the highlights of the email:

Members of the Zoning Board appeared to find compelling the fact that tenants of the apartment building currently park in the Wayland Square public parking lot (for a fee), which directly abuts the building, and that this maximizes use of this piece of asphalt… They didn’t see why Weiss [the owner] should pave over his green space when adequate parking exists just about on his doorstep (with snowplowing provided!). The parking lot has 90 legal spaces.

Adding an additional four spaces in the front yard of the building—creating a sea of cars—would undermine the existing residential character of this section of Medway St. while still not providing enough parking for all the units.

It probably didn’t help Weiss’ case that the picture created by the neighbors’ testimony was that of a property mis-manager- –shabby building; he cut down two huge trees in the process… Weiss never shovels the snow on the sidewalk in winter; etc. Most significantly, he had tried to pave over the front yard before seeking a permit and only applied for a variance after he was caught by the zoning inspector.

Weiss can still appeal this decision.

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Retail Update: New Wayland Square Vacancies

Photo by Bret Ancowitz

A quick walk through Wayland Square revealed three new storefront vacancies faster than you can say, “national economic calamity:”

Liberty Travel:
This very high profile site (corner of Angell and Wayland) has departed for what they believe must be greener pastures in the Warwick Mall (seriously) and are merging with their operation there.

Spoons:
This lunchtime retail spot, which often felt like it was open for about an hour or two a day and also has a prominent Angell St location, has closed for good. Perhaps longer hours may have helped?

77 South Angell:
The sales office for this luxury condominium has presumably moved out of their retail storefront on Wayland Ave and over to its own building, which is nearing completion.

With these closings, Wayland Square suddenly has about 5 retail storefront vacancies, and that’s before the major recession impact hits :( .

How will our neighborhood commercial centers weather this downturn?

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Engel & Volker (Who?) Comes to PVD

All of the rumors (from good sources) about what was going into the former Delkin’s Cleaners at 9 Wayland Ave (restaurant? accounting firm? deli?) all turned out to be wrong.

Judging from some slick signage up on the redone facade, this is international real estate firm Engel & Volkers’ (I had to look them up too…) Rhode Island office. Having over 300 offices worldwide, this branch is only their 7th in the United States, joining good company in CA, MA, NY, FL, CT, and VT. Their timing seems absolutely terrible (or maybe not as, despite some price cuts, RI home sales are still up) but the vote of confidence of an international firm in locating in Providence to do business (joining their offices in such communities as Greenwich, CT; Scarsdale, NY; Woodstock, VT; and Los Angeles) can’t be seen as anything but a good thing.

If there’s any downside here, it’s just that this becomes the second retail frontage site in Wayland Square to be recently occupied by a realtor, hardly the stuff that builds dynamic streetscapes.

Logo from Engel & Volkers website

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