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Neighborhood Nights: Neighborhood Development

  • West Broadway Middle School (cafeteria entrance at far left side of building) 29 Bainbridge Avenue Providence, RI, 02909 United States (map)

Planning and development shape and reshape our city and neighborhood, and are the focus of our June Neighborhood Nights meeting. This event features a presentation on Providence’s Great Streets Initiative and a Project Review by our Community Development Committee of new construction proposed for 1386 Westminster Street.

We welcome Martina Haggerty, Associate Director of Special Projects with the Providence Department of Planning and Development, to share with us about the Great Streets Initiative, which aims to improve neighborhoods throughout the city by making its streets “safe, clean, healthy, inclusive, and vibrant.” Learn about the city’s draft Master Plan created with community input for needed streetscape improvements and investments that include traffic calming, increased safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and more.

Following this presentation will be a Community Development Committee (CDC) Review of new construction and improvements to an existing building at 1386 Westminster Street, owned by Erminio Pinque of Big Nazo. Erminio and his architect will present their proposed development plans (rendering below) to our CDC and to all neighbors who will be able to ask questions and give feedback.

Starting at 7pm, District 4 Police Commander Lt. Fernandes will be available for his monthly open “office hours” to discuss crime-related issues one on one with neighbors. If interested in speaking with the Lieutenant, sign up at the front table when you arrive.

Neighborhood Nights meetings are free and open to everyone. Food, child care and Spanish interpretation are provided, plus open gym. Meet your neighbors, learn about WBNA and neighborhood initiatives, and get involved!

Rendering of new addition and renovation proposed for the existing building at 1386 Westminster Street.

Rendering of new addition and renovation proposed for the existing building at 1386 Westminster Street.


6:00pm     Call to order, welcome, and ground rules – Caleb Borchers, President

6:05pm      Announcements – Kari Lang, Executive Director

6:10pm      Introduction of Martina Haggerty, Department of Planning & Development – Rachel Robinson, WBNA CDC Chair

6:15pm     Presentation on Great Streets – Martina Haggerty, Associate Director of Special Projects, Department of Planning & Development

6:35pm     Questions from neighbors

6:45pm     Introductions and description of Community Development Committee process – Rachel Robinson, WBNA CDC Chair, & Cynthia Langlykke, WBNA CDC Vice Chair

6:50pm     Project Review: 1386 Westminster Street

  • Presentation by Erminio Pinque, Big Nazo, & LLB Architects

7:05pm      CDC Committee Discussion and Q&A with Presenters

7:15pm     Neighbor Discussion and Q&A

7:25pm      Project update on other CDC-reviewed neighborhood projects

7:30pm     Public Meeting adjourns; CDC goes into closed session until 8:00pm

8:00pm     Evening concludes

*   Office hours with District 4 Police Commander Lt. Fernandes will begin at 7pm in a classroom TBD

Many thanks to The Feast Church for donating A/V equipment and to Board Member Noel Sanchez for Spanish interpretation services.

Upcoming Neighborhood Nights 2019

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Tuesday, December 3, 2019