[Summit] Major subdivision of historic Rochambeau estate pending: please sign petition to Providence Preservation Society

Emlyn Addison noisyblocks at gmail.com
Sat Nov 8 18:53:08 CST 2014


Agreed.
On Nov 8, 2014 7:33 PM, "Jeffrey Cavanaugh" <jeff at cavanaugh.org> wrote:

> http://providenceri.com/efile/2157
>
> Shows the plat map that includes these parcels.  There are existing lots
> in the adjacent blocks as small as 5000 sq. feet, and many quite a bit
> larter.  I would say, from a quick eyeballing of the map, that 7,500 sq.
> feet seems more typical and 6000-6500 sq. ft. would be on the small side.
>
> Is it 10 new parcels or 12?  The e-mail is a bit confusing.
>
> What would this petition do?  Try to squash any subdivision? Or try to
> negotiate lotsize and/or architectural standards so that the subdivision
> leads to the best possible outcome?  Once such item may be to preserve most
> of the wall, less driveway cuts, for example.
>
> I ask because I don't see the owner's being denied some sort of
> subdivision.  It is a huge estate for an urban area, and It's not
> surprising that no one will buy it as is, the taxes must be insane.  Unless
> some community group wants to buy it, it will probably be developed
> eventually.
>
>
>
>
> On Sat, Nov 8, 2014 at 4:03 PM, Ellen Darling <ellendarling at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Dear Neighbors,
>>
>>
>>
>> As some of you are aware, the historic Bridgam estate on the corner of
>> Rochamebau and Blackstone will be subdivided into 12 lots for real estate
>> development unless we can engage the Providence Preservation Society on
>> this issue.
>>
>>
>>
>> The currently proposed subdivision would add 10 single-family lots, each
>> between 6000 and 6500 square feet, along Rochambeau Avenue and Blackstone
>> Boulevard. A new ordinance, *instituted specifically for this
>> neighborhood* to keep development consistent with the current
>> infrastructure, is to be enacted next month increasing the minimum lot size
>> to 7500 square feet. By filing their application now, the owners
>> effectively circumvent the new minimum lot size requirement.
>>
>>
>>
>> *Further, the integrity of the stone wall encircling the property, which
>> bears the date 1849, is at jeopardy. The subdivision, as currently drawn,
>> allows for this wall to be breached at multiple points, or entirely
>> demolished, to accommodate the new lots. *
>>
>>
>>
>> *Our concerns about insensitive development are not unfounded*: in
>> February 2014 the owners presented a previous proposal to the City Plan
>> Commission for this site, *which featured a four-story, high-density 110
>> unit residential condominium complex with multi-level parking for 132 cars*.
>> While the City Plan Commission did not support the proposal, we are
>> strongly concerned that the kind of development the owners find to be
>> appropriate is not in the neighborhood’s best interest.
>>
>>
>>
>> We have been informed by the Executive Director of the Providence
>> Preservation Society (PPS) that if there are enough signatures on the
>> attached petition, he will bring this issue to the Wednesday PPS Board &
>> Trustee Meeting.
>>
>>
>>
>> Please support our neighborhood and sign the petition to PPS by clicking
>> on this link:
>> *https://www.change.org/p/brent-runyon-preserve-our-community-support-our-neighborhood?recruiter=176272164&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition*
>> <https://www.change.org/p/brent-runyon-preserve-our-community-support-our-neighborhood?recruiter=176272164&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Also, please consider attending this *Monday’s community meeting to
>> address this issue at 6:30pm at the Central Church on 296 Angell St.* You
>> can sign a pen and paper petition if you prefer there.
>>
>>
>> Thank you for your support!
>>
>>
>> Sincerely,
>>
>>
>> Ellen Darling, on behalf of the Blackstone Neighborhood Organization
>>
>>
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