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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – February 13, 2019

Aloft Hotel proposed for 195 District parcel 22.

[alert type=”muted” close=”true” heading=”I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Public Notice of Meeting”]A regular meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence, Rhode Island, on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019, beginning at 5:00 P.M., for the following purposes:

Agenda [/alert]

195-roundI. Public Session

  1. Welcoming remarks by Chairperson Davis.
  2. Approval of the minutes of the Commission meetings held on December 19, 2018.
  3. Executive Director’s report on Commission activities.
  4. Presentation on the proposed hotel development on Lot 2 of Parcel 22 by Richard Galvin of BAC CVP ALOFT LLC and Vote to consider an amended purchase price.
  5. Vote to consider the application of BAC CVP ALOFT LLC for the allocation of funds from I-195 Redevelopment Project Fund for the proposed hotel development on Lot 2 of Parcel 22.
  6. Discussion on an RFP for Parcel 6.
  7. Presentation on the District Parks by Ben Donsky of Biederman Redevelopment Agency.
  8. Chairperson’s Report/Agenda for next meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 5:00pm
  9. Vote to Adjourn.

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.

14 comments

  • Meeting Minutes have not been posted yet for the January 16th meeting where the Commission discussed proposals for the east side parcels. The fact that they are discussing an RFP for parcel 6 indicates they were not partial to the proposal from The Carpionato Group for those parcels (that was the only proposal that included Parcel 6).

  • One comment – Not nearly tall enough.

    I hate the master zoning for the entire district. More like downtown Fall River than Providence.

  • The footprint could be cut by at least 1/3 and that space go vertical. It has nothing to do with the number of rooms.

    This goes right to the issue of the pitiful low height that is permitted throughout the district.

  • It is expensive to build tall. Why would someone leave a third of their lot empty just to build a more expensive building?

    I know people want to see taller buildings, I wouldn’t mind seeing taller buildings. But it does not make sense in Providence to absorb the expense of building tall just for the sake of building tall. Our land is expensive, our construction costs are expensive, our taxes are expensive, and our income potential is low.

    The City is not stifling tall buildings, our market is. This is a 120′ zone and they are building a 7-story building. If they wanted (or could afford) to go higher, they could.

  • I’ve mentioned before that I am very happy to see that Providence is building out its hotel portfolio, excluding a luxury offering — we still need something that checks that box. These hotels that have been built have not included ballrooms or conference centers, this Aloft doesn’t seem to have one either. I hope that these hotels are actually improving our ability to host “large” and “ultra large” conventions and trade shows.

  • I really hope that raised outdoor seating happens, this section of the city needs to be engaged in entertainment. Think Boston’s Seaport. Also what is that massive building behind the proposed hotel?

  • As to Jef’s point, “Our land is expensive, our construction costs are expensive, our taxes are expensive, and our income potential is low“ – true. But my point is that 120 feet zoning is far too low for any parcel downtown.

    As to GGG’s point “…ballrooms or conference centers, this Aloft doesn’t seem to have one either. I hope that these hotels are actually improving our ability to host “large” and “ultra large” conventions and trade shows” – I agree. But, I am not sure developers see the cost-benefit of going in that direction.

    As to Gio question – I believe that is supposed to be the Wexford building nearing completion.

  • I don’t understand where this hotel will be when I ride by the parcel. Is it on the exact same lot as Wexford or is there a narrow street separating them? The remaining land on the Wexford lot looks to small to host this hotel unless there is going to be very little space between the 2 buildings…

  • The building ghosted in the back of the rendering is a place holder for a later phase of the Wexford project. This rendering better shows the relation between the existing Wexford building, the planned hotel, and later phases:

    Wexford Rendering

  • Funny thing is, all of those ghosted buildings will need a zoning variance as shown. Let’s hope they all come to fruition and hopefully as that height or taller.

  • Yes, those renderings appear about right with the variances included.

    But once again, I agree with Gio, one would hope they be taller. But given the ridiculously small town zoning in the district, it would require City Council action.

    And, oh, that would mobilize the BANANAs. Besides, this City Council is more interested in other things than economic development and growing the city up.

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