Greater City Providence

And then there was a parking lot

35 Weybosset Street

So that’s that.

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Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • so… should we assume there won’t be any landscaping and that those mock-up drawings were just smoke and mirrors?

    walked past this the other day, before the lines were painted… the sea of tar worried me, I guess rightfully so.

  • Thank goodness! I’ve been waiting all these years to visit downtown…now that I’m certain I’ll have a place to park, I’ll definitely visit!

  • Connor: The rendering was done by the Providence Preservation Society as a way of showing how the parcel could look with the façade remaining in place. There will be very minimal landscaping per the city’s feeble zoning requirements.

  • Well it IS a very attractive parking lot. People will come from miles around just for the privilege of parking here. We can’t overlook real economic development like this, especially in these tight times.

  • Nice striping all in place and on Thursday someone slapped a Stop Work Notice on the gate on the Westminster Street entrance…

  • Sam is right, it looks very nicely paved. People will flock to DownCity from the beaches during the summer just to enjoy the privilege of parking in such a wonderful spot that is most certainly unlike the other 500 neighboring parking lots downtown. For those that don’t know me, I often like to use a lot of sarcasm to get my point across. I’ll see you all around Downcity… Happy New Year!

  • Have they done anything with the steel structure on Weybosset street? I am assuming they won’t allow parking to begin until that is done….but I won’t be holding my breath.

  • Efficient, with the striping they should be able to valet four or five deep. Maybe they’ll bring in 4-level high car stackers to scatter around the perimeter.

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