Providence, RI – The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) and the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA) announced the results of the West End Gateway Design Competition for the former Citizens Bank site on the West End of Providence.
The purpose of this design competition was to reimagine the potential of the site, comprised of six contiguous parcels between Westminster and Cranston Streets.
On behalf of the four-person blind jury, PPS and WBNA recognized and congratulated two outstanding proposals: The Canonicus Prize was awarded to ONE Neighborhood Builders and The Hoyle Prize went to Jack Ryan and Michael Clouse.
Both projects retain the Georgian Revival bank and 1978 annex buildings and call for the addition of new, infill construction on Westminster and Cranston Streets, rebuilding the street faces that have long been lined with surface parking. They also feature green space on the interior of the triangular site, address circulation and parking, and provide affordable housing and market-rate units.
The ONE Neighborhood Builders team, led by Haley Hardwick-Whitman, presented a sensitive and realistic scheme that imagines transit-oriented development with three five-story multi-family dwellings. Named “Canonicus Commons,” the proposal is a mixed-use, mixed-income development designed to serve the neighborhood with pedestrian-scale residential and commercial buildings. A public market occupying the 1921 bank building was featured in this proposal, and in many others, and was applauded by the jury.
The Ryan/Clouse team anchored its mixed-use design with a hotel and restaurant in the existing buildings. This thoughtful and comprehensive submission was recognized for its impressive detail, particularly the sensitive treatment of the annex to provide first-floor storefront entrances for small, local businesses.
The jury indicated that it was pleased to see adherence to first-floor commercial use as prescribed in the zoning ordinance.