Greater City Providence

ProJo: Cowesett Hills developer seeks parking waiver for Warwick expansion plan

Cowesett Hills Apartments, image from Google Maps

The plan by Picerne Real Estate Group’s Cowesett Hills Apartment LLC calls for two new buildings in the northwest corner of the 67-acre property. Each of the new structures would have 12 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom units. Picene also wants to build small garage buildings in the parking lot that could be rented to tenants

New city zoning rules now in effect mandate 2.5 parking spaces per unit in developments like Cowesett Hills, a complex off Post Road south of the intersection with Centerville Road.


Picerne wants permission to have 2 spaces per unit, the rule that was in effect when the project was first designed, approved and built. Company officials have argued that the two spaces per unit standard has been adequate for the complex.

Warwick, stop what you’re doing and look at me, LOOK AT ME! Listen. A 2.5 parking space mandate for a 1-bedroom apartment is lunacy. Please, get yourself some help.

Happily, the Planning Board approved the waiver.

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.

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