Plan adds character to proposed commercial plaza

Plan adds character to proposed commercial plaza

A revised drawing shows plans to add character to a proposed commercial development at 1998 Mineral Spring Ave.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Developer Anthony Manzo has revised his plans for a new commercial development to replace homes at 1998 Mineral Spring Ave., responding to concerns offered by the Planning Board that the previous one didn’t go far enough in maintaining the character of the neighborhood.

In a summary of changes dropped off to Town Planner David Westcott on Oct. 2 and up for consideration tonight, Oct. 9, Manzo offers the following features:

• Staggered façade depths;

• Varied façade materials;

• Revised roof line;

• Added dormers, including a large central dormer with arched windows;

• Varied window sizes and types;

• And added external columns.

The developer also added a 30-foot buffer between the building and the homes behind it, as well as new parking lot islands.

Planners had previously asked for a more thoughtful plan in keeping with the mixed residential and business stretch of Mineral Spring Avenue on the western end of town, running from Centredale to about the old public safety complex. Though officials don’t appear to be halting redevelopment here, they are making efforts to protect the character of the area.

Manzo offered revised plans in support of his application for master plan approval and a zone change. He has not indicated what tenants will occupy the commercial plaza.

The Planning Board, at its Oct. 9 meeting, will be hearing the continuation of Manzo’s proposal, as well as Armand Cortellesso’s revised proposal for 24 condominiums on Marconi Street. The latest version of Cortellesso’s plan shows six buildings, each with four units, with parking lots in between, in the neighborhood behind Lowe’s.

Wednesday’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in Town Hall.