I-195 District East Side Parcels:
The next I-195 Commission meeting will take place on August 28th at 5 pm (315 Ironhorse Way, #101). The agenda includes a presentation by Biederman Redevelopment Ventures regarding park management for the riverside parks, currently under construction. Discussion of East Side parcels 2, 5, and 6 development is NOT on the agenda.
On May 9, the I-195 Commission hosted three developer presentations for Parcels 2, 5, and 6 on the East Side. Plans are available on the Commission’s website under the April 11 meeting. More info on the meeting here. Chairman Robert Davis invited the public to continue submitting comments through the summer as the Commission deliberates. At the June 21 Commission hearing, their consultant Utile will give a presentation on their assessment of the three proposals.
*If you were unable to attend the meeting, public comment may be directed to the I-195 Commission here.
Student Housing Ordinance:
On August 14th, the CPC Referral Review Subcommittee met to consider the state of student housing within the current zoning ordinance. Deputy Chief of Police Cmdr. Thomas Verdi and Building Official Jeff Lykins were joined by representatives from the City’s law department and CPC staff to hear about the reality of current regulations and enforcement, and learn about how other college towns are addressing this issue.
Deputy Planning Director Bob Azar asked for public comments, questions, and recommendations about the student housing ordinance to be sent to CPC staff (via email@example.com) f
Have you noticed blue signs popping up all over College Hill? A group of residents are reacting to lax enforcement of zoning ordinances that is allowing landlords to pack formerly single-family homes with far too many students. If you want to know more, lend support, or get a sign for your own yard, email them firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the concerns of their constituents regarding overcrowding in private student rentals, Councilmen Zurier and Yurdin have both introduced amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to strengthen the restriction on college student occupancy in private dwellings. Cm. Zurier’s amendment was continued at the City Council Committee on Ordinances earlier this month. At City Council on Monday, Cm. Yurdin introduced an amendment that was referred to the Ordinance Committee; we also expect it to appear on an upcoming agenda for the City Plan Commission. We will continue to keep you posted as we monitor City Council and CPC attempts to improve student housing zoning.
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Parade Street Project:
This is a proposal to restore and turn into apartments the 4-story building at the corner of Parade and Oak Streets (dating from 1878, 1925; currently Park View Nursing Home; formerly Miriam Hospital and the Frances M. Andrews townhouses) and build a new apartment building to the south of the existing structure. So far, the project has received conceptual approval from HDC, a positive referral from CPC to City Council for rezoning to facilitate renovation and construction, and preliminary master plan approval from CPC.
*Next stop: City Council Ordinance Committee (25 Dorrance Street, Rm. 310), June 27 at 5:30. Further review by CPC and HDC will follow.
A proposal was heard at the May 19 CPC hearing to rezone a cluster of non-conforming use addresses on Thayer Street and Lloyd Avenue by changing them to R-4, allowing for higher density multi-family residential development. This City Council Referral did not pass, but CPC indicated that it would be willing to entertain a change at 150 Lloyd to accommodate future redevelopment of the double lot.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (12 Spruce Street), a 2018 Most Endangered Property is on the August 21st City Plan Commission agenda for a City Council referral for rezoning from residential (R-4) to commercial (C-2). The church closed permanently in June 2016. Read more.
CPC meetings take place at 4:45 pm at the Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room, 444 Westminster Street. Meetings are open to the public.
More than 100 stakeholders attended a public meeting hosted by WBNA on September 17th, where the State of RI and their consultant Utile presented an interim report on the Cranston Street Armory. PPS executive director Brent Runyon provided an update on steering committee participation alongside WBNA executive director Kari Lang. The next step is for the State to release a RFI (request for information) to gain data about potential tenancy interest. More details can be found here.