Downtown Design Review Committee Notice of Regular MeetingThe 11-story mixed-use building at 131 Canal Street, Edge College Hill Two, is the only item on the agenda of this month’s Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting. Scroll down to see the proposed renderings.
Monday, March 12, 2018 – 4:45pm
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903
- Call to Order
- Roll Call
- Meeting Minutes of January 22, 2018 and February 12, 2018
1. DRC Application No. 18.05: 131 Canal Street (parking lot) – Public Hearing and Conceptual Design Review – The subject of the hearing will be an application by Steeple Street RI, LLC requesting a development incentive in the form of a height bonus, and requesting waivers from Providence Zoning Ordinance Section 606, Design Standards for New Construction, for a new 11-story mixed-use building to be constructed at 131 Canal Street, Providence, RI. The height bonus requested is from Section 603.E.1, Schedule of Development Bonuses/Active Ground Floor Uses. The waivers requested are from Sections 606.A.4, Building Height and Massing/Recess line, 606.D.1, Building Height and Massing/Façade Design, 606.E.1, Façade Design/Ground Floor Transparency, and 606.E.3, Building Facades/Upper Level Transparency. The DDRC will be reviewing the building design at the conceptual design stage. At the conclusion of the hearing, the DDRC will take action with respect to the requested items.
Renderings of the proposed Edge College Two
Renderings by DBVW Architects provided by the developer.
Short thoughts… I like it.
In some of the other threads on this project people have complained of the City being afraid of height; this proposal was scaled down from 15 to 11-floors. I actually think at 11-floors, this is better for the rhythm of the skyline in this area. Across the river, the Citizens Building tops off 285 feet. The neighboring building under construction at 169 Canal Street will top out around 160 feet. At 11-floors, this building will probably be somewhere in the neighborhood of 120 feet. That provides a nice rhythm to the height of the buildings. Having 169 and 131 Canal Street both top out at 15-floors would just look kind of weird and I don’t think higher than 15-floors is right for this site. Save that for Capital Center.
I do wish the mass of the tower wasn’t brick.
If you look down the river just a bit to the RISD Design Center, you see the precedence not only for height, but for the fact that historically, tall buildings aren’t always made of brick. I’d love to see some sort of stone looking material on the mass of the structure, but the brick fetishism is strong in Providence. I’m willing to let it be brick because otherwise the building is quite handsome.
Look above at the 7th image down, the view looking south on North Main Street. The new buildings really feel like they belong there, I like it. And of course I’m all about building on top of some surface parking lots.
This meeting on the 12th is a public hearing, you’re encouraged to attend and give your thoughts on the project. If you can’t make it or don’t like speak at public hearings, you can submit it written comments to Christopher Ise (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Planning Department.