Greater City Providence

Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – July 8, 2013

[alert type=”muted”]Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, July 8, 2013 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903[/alert]

drc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of June 10, 2013

New Business

DRC Application No. 13.13: 44 Hospital Street – Public Hearing Proposal by 44 Hospital Street, LLC to demolish the existing structure located at 44 Hospital Street, and to construct a new six-story mixed-use building on the site. The applicant is requesting a waiver from D-1 Regulations for demolition of the existing building.


This project was denied a variance to minimum parking regulations by the Zoning Board of Review in part on account of neighborhood objection. The project is seeking a variance from the Zoning Board of Review to have fewer than the required minimum parking spaces; the variance is facing neighborhood opposition. The project is seeking fewer parking spaces than a development of its size is mandated to have.

Greater City Providence

Promoting the smart urban growth of the Greater Providence region.


  • How frustrating. A developer actually trying to design a building that puts cars at a lower priority and all of a suddent the NIMBYs are up in arms. Meanwhile, the Jewelry District is overcapacity with surface lots. Providence needs to have a frank conversation about parking because it cannot be the deciding factor in how our built environment gets designed. It just can’t.

  • FYI, the variance request for Hospital Street was not denied. It was continued to the next meeting. It’s on the docket for the next zoning board meeting.

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