The Zoning Board of Review will meet on Wednesday February 6th and there are two items of interest on the agenda.
First is the zoning review for Cluck, an urban farming supply store proposed on Broadway.
ELIAS AYOUB, OWNER AND DRAKE PATTEN, APPLICANT: 399 Broadway (corner Courtland St.), Lot 11 on the Tax Assessor’s Plat 33, located in an R-P Residential Professional Zone and within the Broadway Historic Overlay District; the applicant seeks a use variance for relief from Section 303-Use Code 55 – Retail Trade – Building and Related Material, more than 2,500 square feet of gross floor area (hardware-retail; nursery and garden supplies-retail including greenhouses; paint, glass, and wallpaper-retail; yard equipment and supplies) pursuant to Section 200, to operate an urban farm supply business including the sale of chicken hens (no roosters), using the existing gasoline station building, installing a modular shed/plant house and decorative fencing, and replacing a portion of the existing pavement with gardens. The lot in question contains approximately 10,850 square feet of land area.
Cluck is the last item on the agenda for the 5:30pm portion of the meeting.
Also, there is a challenge to the CPC’s ruling on 257 Thayer Street, the proposed privately built dormitory building.
APPELLANTS: Grant Dulgarian, Trustee, K.S.D. Trust and Seth Kurn PROPERTY OWNERS: David Shwaery and Gerald Hammel SUBJECT PROPERTY: 257 Thayer Street, 10 Euclid Avenue, 14 Euclid Avenue, 18 Euclid Avenue, 416 Brook Street, 426 Brook Street, 245 Meeting Street, 241 Meeting Street and 237 Meeting Street, also known as Lots 104, 48, 236, 237, 238, 42, 241, 234 and 235 respectively, on the Tax Assessor’s Plat 13 ZONING DISTRICTS: Lots 234, 241, 41, 236, 237 and 238 are located in a Residential R-3 Three-Family Zone. Lots 104, 48 and 235 are located in a General Commercial C-2 Zone. The Appellants are appealing the decision of the City Plan Commission dated December 19, 2012, related to a Notice of Preliminary Plan Approval and Notice of Appeal for Major Land Development Project 12-011 MA.
257 Thayer Street will be the only item on the agenda for the 7pm portion of the meeting.
The full agenda can be found here[alert type=”muted”]The Zoning Board of Review meets in the First Floor Conference Room at the Mayor Joseph A. Doorley Municipal Building located at 444 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 5:30pm and 7:00pm.[/alert]
I believe CPC has not actually ruled on this project according to this Projo link, although in looking at this updated render, it is looking more and more suburban in nature, which I hate. A gate? Really?
Never mind. CPC gave preliminary approval. Anyway, the more I think about it, the more I think the whole thing stinks. It’s like some city officials look back to the 50’s and 60’s urban renewal projects and say, “Wow! What a grand era in the development of our country. We need more of that here!” Ask the people of Boston if Scollay Square being laid to waste was a great idea. Or ask the people of the Hill District in Pittsburgh if having their neighborhood flattened was such a great idea. Ask the people of Fort Trumbill in New London, CT that had their homes demolished for nothing what a great idea it is to have blocks of buildings torn down for a new development. If this plan is so viable economically, then why is the developer asking for a tax stabilization plan. We might as well wipe our asses with Providence Tomorrow for all the good it did us. Sorry about the vulgarity, but this pisses me off that the city could possibly let this happen.
Cluck! receives approval from the Providence Zoning Board of Review to open their Urban Farm Supply store on Broadway. From their Facebook page: