Welcome to the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development blog! This site will highlight projects we are working on and things we are thinking about for the future, and will offer an inside look at our many boards, commissions, department divisions and staff. This is an incredibly busy and exciting time for our city. There... Continue Reading →
On August 18th, the City of Providence and Back to School RI conducted a special #LearnAboutLead event to educate residents about risks associated with lead and distribute information about the City’s Lead Safe Providence Program. The event was part of a national effort by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to engage grantees... Continue Reading →
Efforts are underway to repair and reuse the iconic Cranston Street Armory in the West End. The massive structure has been mostly vacant since it was last used as an armory by the Rhode Island National Guard in 1996, although temporary uses such as high school track practices, the filming of a movie, and historic preservation... Continue Reading →
Periodically, we will feature an historic Providence landmark and share information about its history, design, and importance. This Historic Landmark Spotlight features Barnaby Castle in the City’s Federal Hill neighborhood. Dominating the corner of Broadway and Sutton Streets, the 19th-century Victorian home known as Barnaby Castle demands (and certainly merits) recognition as our first featured... Continue Reading →
Ever wonder how development projects, the City's Zoning Ordinance, and the Comprehensive Plan are reviewed and approved in Providence? Read on to learn more about the City Plan Commission and their role in this important aspect of city planning. In Providence, the City Plan Commission, or CPC, serves as City's planning board. Every municipality in... Continue Reading →
Providence’s industrial spine from a bygone era is getting a lot of attention lately. Thanks to a Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the City will be focusing even more attention on the Woonasquatucket River Corridor over the next year. Through the grant, the City will work with the community to... Continue Reading →
After many years of anticipation, construction is underway on the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge. This impressive structure, due for completion in December 2018, will rest on the same granite piers that I-195 once stood upon before its relocation. Once completed, the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge will connect two planned riverfront parks, joining Downtown with... Continue Reading →
With more than sixty development projects under construction or under review by the City’s various boards and commissions, increasing construction activity in Providence is a reflection of a growing sense of economic optimism and an affirmation that Providence’s prospects for future success are improving.