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Old 06-21-2008, 09:44 AM   #41
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A last-minute plan to grant a tax break for a proposed downtown hotel project seemed to have fallen apart yesterday afternoon after legislators realized that the developer was seeking a tax break larger than what had been previously approved.

http://www.projo.com/news/content/HO...7.3cce569.html
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Old 10-09-2008, 04:55 PM   #42
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A few updates.

I think it's been mentioned that OneTen, the proposed tower on Westminster has been cancelled and will likely be replaced by a different 22 story tower.

Blue Cross Rhode Island Headquarters will be 325,000sqft and 12 stories when completed. It's immediately adjacent to the New Waterplace Condos which are in the background of the photo. (Both the rendering and the photo are from wikipedia.org):


and construction status as of Aug 2008:


Empire at Broadway is a 22 story office tower slated for completion in 2010. It will repace an abandoned fire station. Wikipedia incorrectly states that it will be the "tallest office building in Providence" when completed when in fact it will only be the tallest in a few decades. It'll likely be the 5th or 6th tallest when completed following the Bank of America Building, One Financial, both Weston towers, and the Textron tower. Both renderings are taken from wikipedia:



**Edit** I also figured I'd mention that the "Prince of Providence" himself, Buddy Cianci, makes his home in the new Waterplace Condos now. A movie based on the book, "Prince of Providence" is due in theaters in 2009 staring Oliver Platt as Cianci and starring Robin Williams as an unnamed character (Prince of Providence on IMDB).

I have to say I love Providence. I think that aside from Boston (and probably Cambridge), no other New England city rivals it in terms of Arts, Culture, Dining, Entertainment, Education, etc. The varying architecture of the different, distinct neighborhoods is stunning; and the cultural and ethnic diversity really make Providence a fantastic place to be. I make a point of going every time I'm home for a weekend and I'll start trying to remember to bring my camera.

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Old 10-18-2008, 01:20 PM   #43
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I wish OneTen hadn't ever gotten canceled =(
But thanks for all the info!
and please do remember your camera, I would love to see some newer pictures of Providence! It really is a great city, definitely my favorite in New England after Boston
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:21 AM   #44
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Notice to Lrfox: " Buddy " Cianci does not live in the Waterplace condos. He lives at Providence Place, which was formely named Jefferson at Providence Place before being sold to another former mayor, Joe Paolino. It only took me two months to notice your post. Oh, Buddy is also a salesman for the condo building.
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Old 12-23-2008, 06:11 PM   #45
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^Good to know. I read that somewhere online... guess not everything on the internet is true after all! thanks.

Also, I "found" a GREAT site from Providence development (much more active community than on here) called Greater City: Providence. It's not all develpment, but much of it is and includes some great photos as well as blog entries. One of the more recent posts was complete with photos of the facadectomy and construction of a new downtown hotel... it looks nice so far. here's the link: http://www.gcpvd.org/

Recently, a member posted this terrific shot of the Federal Hill neighborhood:

also a good prov. community over at urban planet:
http://www.urbanplanet.org/UP.Dynamic/providence.php
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Old 12-27-2008, 02:50 PM   #46
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Anyone know anything about the InterContinental Providence? It says that it will be 17 stories but in the renderings it looks more like 10
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Old 01-01-2009, 10:43 AM   #47
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Anyone know anything about the InterContinental Providence? It says that it will be 17 stories but in the renderings it looks more like 10
I wouldn't count too much on that project getting dome. It's been in the works by two different developers for years. There's a problem with the foundation. Remember this land use to be a part of a river years ago. It may be too difficult and expensive to develop parcel 12 in the capital center district.

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Old 01-01-2009, 06:17 PM   #48
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Ah that's too bad.
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:36 PM   #49
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Update on the South Street Power Plant Conversion:

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The transformation of South Street Station



01:00 AM EST on Sunday, January 18, 2009

By Philip Marcelo

Journal Staff Writer

The new hotel, once a power plant owned and operated by the former Narragansett Electric Co., will offer a panoramic view of Providence and the upper Bay.

The Providence Journal / Frieda Squires

PROVIDENCE ? On a frigid afternoon last week, Kenneth Orenstein stood on the icy ground inside a vacant power station and tilted his head upward.

The wind howled through massive spaces in the building?s brickwork where sunlight will one day illuminate through large glass windows.

This space, he signaled with a wave of his hand, is to be a soaring atrium, the great entryway and showcase space of Heritage Harbor, a museum that will tell Rhode Island?s history through the eyes of the diverse cultures that created it.

?It?s going to be dramatic,? said Orenstein, the museum?s interim executive director.

After months of work gutting the insides, there are outward signs that the project to reinvent the hulking former power plant on South Street is taking shape.

A 100-ton capacity crane has taken up residence on South Street. Steelworkers are laying beams atop the 100-foot high building for a hotel that will have views of the downtown skyline.

But the Dynamo House, the given name for the hotel-restaurant-museum envisioned for the Jewelry District property, is not yet all there.

The 350,000-square-foot space is more cavernous now that all the remnants of the building?s previous incarnation ? the structural supports for boilers and steam turbines ? have been removed. The ground floor, which is just bare ground in places, is a skating rink of rock solid ice. Viewed from afar, it looks very much like the same abandoned power plant.

It has taken a year to get to this point. By the end of 2009, officials hope, the building will be a fully realized, seven-story structure, although one not ready for occupation. The museum won?t open until June 2010, and the hope is the hotel will be open by March 2010.

The bustle of construction, especially through the coldest part of the year, are welcome sights and sounds in the city, which once had a skyline filled with such cranes and a glut of building projects that provided a steady stream of work.

Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse, the company that is developing the project, says it is expected to bring in 150 construction jobs over the next year (there are currently 35 workers on site). When it opens, the museum will have a staff of at least 50. So when Joseph Alex, the project?s development director, opens a recent conversation with the line ?this is an exciting and challenging project,? it?s an understatement.

The project is, in fact, one of the most significant things happening in the city, the silver lining in the gloomy overcast. The symbol that Providence, the Renaissance City, has still got it.

Outside, the Dynamo House appears to be one solid mass of brick, but it?s actually a complex of three buildings that dates back nearly a century under the ownership of the Narragansett Electric Co., now part of National Grid.

Decommissioned in the 1990s, it had been in disuse for so long that the company intended to demolish it. But the building was donated in whole about a decade ago to the Heritage Harbor Museum, a then-newly formed coalition of 19 historical preservation and cultural societies in the state.

The goal was to build a museum and a permanent home for all those disparate organizations. The state went to voters for approval of a $25-million general obligation bond for the project in 2000, but it was rejected.

The museum group soon found it was financially in over its head. Struever Bros., a major for-profit developer, stepped in and the Dynamo House, a name echoing the building?s days as a power station (dynamo is the original moniker of the electrical generator), was born.

A Baltimore-based company, Struever Bros. has made its name in the city with major redevelopments of historic structures, including the Rising Sun Mills apartment lofts in Olneyville and the American Locomotive Works, a mixed-use development under construction on Valley Street.

The company agreed to purchase the building from the museum, developing about 55,000 square feet on two floors for the museum and allowing the organization to operate there rent-free once it?s open.

The rest of the former power plant will house a 171-room hotel on the top two floors, a restaurant on the ground level, and leased office space on three levels. The total cost of the project is at least $150 million.

Alex, the project?s development director, says the company is finishing up the initial ?stabilization? phase of work, in which it poured a new foundation and removed a latticework of steel beams and columns. The next phase is the interior improvements for the hotel and museum.

?There?s been an extraordinary amount of work done by Struever that just can?t be seen from the outside,? says Orenstein, who has been taking tours of people curious about the building?s progress onto the site for the past year. ?They removed an inordinate amount of steel and this massive floor in the turbine room. It took a great amount of time and labor to remove everything.?

Massive glass windows are being specially fabricated and should be in by mid-February, he says.

The Dynamo House hotel is slated to bear Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide?s aloft brand, a type of hotel that, according to Starwood, aims for a generally hip, social atmosphere. It features loft-like rooms with tech-savvy touches.

The return of the plant?s smokestacks, as decorative pieces, is still up in the air, however, Alex says. Those stacks, which are shown in all the promotional material of the museum and hotel, were removed by the power company prior to the station?s decommissioning.

Alex says the project, despite rumors to the contrary, is on secure financial footing.

The project?s primary financial lender is Citibank Community Development Bank, a division of the troubled Citigroup, of New York. The turmoil of that financial corporation has not affected the developer?s cash flow, says Alex, and the Dynamo House project is moving as scheduled.

?The overall economic conditions are affecting us, we?re certainly no different from anyone else, but we?re dealing with it,? he says.

The other major sources of revenue for the project were federal and state tax credits for historic preservation, which are basically direct, dollar-for-dollar discounts on the amount of tax owed to the state and federal governments.

But Rhode Island made major revisions to its tax-credit program effective last year that reduced the tax discount, forcing developers such as Struever Bros. to rethink the way they financed their projects.

Struever lost nearly $8 million in savings as a result of the changes, according to Edward F. Sanderson, executive director of the state Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, which manages the federal and state tax-credit programs.

Alex says the company has made financial adjustments as a result of the decrease in anticipated aid, but declined to elaborate.

Meanwhile, there are big plans for the state museum, which is an idea that has been floated for nearly two decades.

Albert Klyberg, a member of the museum?s board of directors, says the museum will be an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, the national museum foundation based in Washington, D.C.

It will house a permanent collection of artifacts about Rhode Island?s history. There will also be a 10,000-square-foot space for traveling exhibits on loan from the Smithsonian, the only sort of arrangement in the state. ?The association with the Smithsonian elevates us to a New England regional attraction,? he says.

The museum has about $6.3 million more to raise of its $30 million costs toward the project. That includes the amount it will take to build exhibits.

Last month, the museum issued its first quarterly newsletter, the Heritage Voyage, and mailed it to potential donors, members and grant foundations. On its cover, the headline: ?The museum begins.?
In other news the office building at 380 Westminster sold for $22 Million
http://www.projo.com/ri/providence/c...8.3831aa9.html

Also, Providence Place Mall is for sale according to the owner, General Growth Properties:
http://www.projo.com/ri/providence/c...9.315372e.html

*EDIT* For those who don't know, THIS is the Power Plant in Question:



(picture by "madpics" on flickr... link: http://flickr.com/photos/madpics/1527971124/)

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:36 PM   #50
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Nice to see some coverage of my hometown. Just for clarification, the Dynamo House is not the power plant with the three smokestacks. That's the Manchester St. Station, still an active power plant that was repowered from coal to natural gas about 10 years ago. The Dynamo House is a couple of blocks north and is one of two massive early 20th century power plants along the Providence River. Pics here:

http://www.artinruins.com/arch/redevelop/hharbor/
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:57 AM   #51
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Wow, both impressive structures! While we're on the subject, how is development in Providence going these days? Any news? Progress?
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:41 AM   #52
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Lots of stuff happening in Prov though development mania has slowed somewhat.

One piece of news is that while there has been no visible progress on the lot where the W Hotel is supposed to be downtown there has been talk from reliable sources that a scaled-down building (I think still a W) is in the works and the now vacant Arcade next door will be renovated to fit a single large tenant.

Lots of small but cool things happening downtown including MIT's FabLab opening a space in AS220's Mercantile building.

The biggest project now going on in PVD is by the same company that is doing the Dynamo House (Struever out of Baltimore). That project is the American Locomotive Works (ALCO) complex in the Woonasquatucket Industrial Corridor west of downtown. It's something like 30 acres and $300 million. They just got the go ahead to start phase two of the project. Mixed use, mainly rehabbing of mill buildings. http://www.americanlocomotiveworks.com/

BCBS of RI and the Capitol Cove condo project right next to the train station are nearing completion as is the last unrenovated building of the Foundry complex across from the Mall. Quite a bit of construction going on despite the economy, which is even worse in RI than in MA. The Obama stimulus package might fund renovating the train station, installing light rail downtown and College Hill and the Hospitals, and a bunch of other projects.

The big development issue in the near future is what to do with the land freed up by the relocation of 195. Brown and other colleges are eyeing it and it might end up being the new campus for Brown's medical school which got $100 mil from a grateful alum.
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:23 AM   #53
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G-Man, Welcome!

Thanks for the correction. I haven't lived in Providence in over 10 years, so I'm fuzzy with some locations at times.

Thanks for the update and I look forward to seeing more.
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:11 PM   #54
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The ALCO project is an interesting one. I've seen that before, but I'm glad to hear its moving ahead.

Uh oh. A scaled down W Hotel? Hasn't it been scaled down before?
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:27 PM   #55
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Thanks for the welcomes. THe W project has only been scaled down once from the original 110 Westminster design as far as I know. I don't believe there are any renderings yet. Nothing firm as far as announcements. FWIW, the W site does mention PVD as one of the future sites for a W hotel.

Other hotel news which some of you guys might already know: an aLoft is slated to go into the Dynamo House and the Hampton Inn is close to opening (if it hasn't already) downtown.
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:10 AM   #56
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Just passing through the other day (Easter) and snapped a few crappy cell phone shots from the car.

Downtown from the old section of 195 (only Westbound remains open here)


The Westin Complex from I-195 West


Finally, A crappy shot of the New 195 Bridge (College Hill/ East Side in the Background). I like it.
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:20 AM   #57
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Oh yeah that new bridge is very nice.
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PoMo Deco?

I like it, in any case.

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I think one day they MAY Redevelop the Former Bootleggers / shooters But I doubt it : )

Broken Glass Everywhere .............. abandoned nightclub
Myself, Suzy and Nate all took last Thursday off of work.

We walked around by the new I-Way bridge and stumbled upon Shooters / Bootleggers.

Pretty cool chill place. It's totally trashed but hey if ur in the Providence, RI Area GO check it out.
We just walked right in. Sat right down. And danced. um.. no we didn't dance but we took a few photos.

Enjoy ! ! !

Shooter?s was the brainchild of Joseph Cerilli and came about as a result of the stock market crash of 1987. A condominium tower was proposed for the site, which was at the time the boat repair yard of Maloney & Rubien. Two model units were constructed and many units were presold, but when the stock market crashed in October, 1987, the financing could not be consummated. Cerilli obtained a franchise from Shooter?s and built the club at great speed and cost because of time limits in the franchise agreement. The cost of the failed development and the construction costs were too much for the restaurant to support, even with new partners. - from ARTINRUINS


Trashed

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Snitches get stitches

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Party Time

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Party Like a Rock Star

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Drink Anyone ?

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The Westbound Section of the new 195 Bridge is slated to open Thursday thus moving all of 195's traffic off of the old section closer to downtown. The next step afterward is to demolish the old elevated section of the highway and create a string of green park space and open some parcels for development (hmmm... where has something similar to this happened before?).

Here's an example of one such proposed park/pedestrian bridge along the River downcity:


I'm hoping they learn from Boston's shortcomings with the Greenway. This will be an EXCELLENT way to rejuvenate that entire section of downcity. Rumor has it that Brown, RISD and JWU are all interested in expanding in that area. I'm hoping some sizable residences and maybe a hotel or two gets built in the area as 24-7 activity is what will really be the kicker in revitalizing that section of town. Despite the economy, I'm VERY impressed with Providence's right now. It feels that more is happening here than in any other city in New England.

Detailed info can be found here: http://www.dot.state.ri.us/engineeri..._to_I-95SB.asp

This is a map of where the Old section of 195 is (red) and where the new section is (green)... the blue is the Washington Street Bridge and I-195 East of downcity.


Here is a youtube clip from greater city: providence showing the new bridge (blue, to the left) with current Eastbound traffic using it. You can see Westbound traffic on 195 branching off to the right on the old section. This will change Thursday.



Ok, I'm heading down to the Southcoast early today (Dinner with the parents tonight) to snap some photos of the new courthouse in Fall River and the Demolition of the Fairhaven Mills (started today) building 4 in New Bedford as well as the progress on the construction of the waterfront hotel in New Bedford. I should have those pictures up by tonight or tomorrow at the latest. The plan is also to get some shots of new construction (particularly the BC/BS building) in Providence (where I have a meeting) on Friday and I'll add them.
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