Citizens Bank Site Redevelopment
Unfortunately, our March appeal of redevelopment plans at the former Citizens Bank property was not successful. The effort, led by the Providence Preservation Society, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, and West End business owners, neighbors, and stakeholders, was denied in a 5-1 decision by the City’s Zoning Board of Review. As we consider next steps, we still need your support for the legal defense. Donate now.
This historic Citizens Bank site at Westminster and Cranston Streets offers a once-in-a-century development opportunity, but is threatened by an inappropriate proposal for redevelopment that we believe should have been reviewed by the City Plan Commission (CPC) as a MAJOR, not minor, land development. The site consists of six parcels under common ownership beginning with the 1921 Citizens Bank building at the tip.
The prospective buyer successfully sought waivers from the CPC in December without proof that they were needed, resulting in the preliminary plan approval of redevelopment plans that are sorely out of step with best urban development practices.
Just last year neighbors joined with their city councilor and city planning staff to change zoning language on “Main Streets” like Westminster and Cranston Streets to require first floor commercial. Two recently proposed developments in the neighborhood are complying with that requirement. Redevelopment at this crucial gateway location should also follow the law.
Very rarely do we appeal a decision of the CPC, but we find this project and decision so egregious that we felt like we must stand up for the health and future of the West End neighborhood. Waging a legal appeal by a qualified land use attorney requires financial commitment. We ask you to please support the effort to stop inappropriate development at this vital gateway of the West End.
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