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Friday, January 15, 2016


434 Brook Street

Brown University is presenting a plan to demolish seven properties on Brook and Cushing Streets to the city plan commission on Tuesday -- in order to make a "landscaped parking lot to serve the needs of the Thayer Street community."

SLIDES: See the properties slated for demolition BELOW

The agenda for Tuesday's City Plan Commission calls for a "presentation of amendment to Brown University's Institutional Master Plan. The amendment includes creation of new parking spaces and improvements to certain athletic facilities. A special use permit will be required for the

Browns' Master Plan

In an amendment to their Master Plan submitted on December 15, Brown outlined the plans -- and changes -- for the real estate. 

In July 2014 Brown acquired seven contiguous properties, each of which was “improved” with a dilapidated two-unit residential structure. The properties’ previous owner held a longstanding vision of demolition of the structures with redevelopment of the site as a hotel. When those plans were not realized, Brown acquired the property with the intent of redeveloping the site for academic or residential use. 

Given the poor condition of the existing structures, Brown is seeking to demolish them now in order to remove the unsightly structures and initially create a landscaped parking lot to serve the needs of the Thayer Street commercial district. The project is in keeping with one of the goals outlined in the Thayer Street Study -- to “establish intelligent and sustainable parking solutions.” 

The proposed parking lot will be well-lit and its edges will be carefully landscaped to screen the vehicles from the street. It will be managed by a third-party as a commercial lot, not as a permit parking lot for Brown faculty, staff or students. 

In the long-term, the University is interested in developing the site to meet emerging residential or academic needs. 

The structures to be demolished are: 434 Brook Street, 436 Brook Street, 442 Brook Street, 444 Brook Street, 450 Brook Street, 167 Cushing Street, and 169 Cushing Street.

Video wall picture is of 167 Cushing Street


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434 Brook Street

Assessment: $348,100 

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436 Brook Street 

Assessment: $405,100

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442 Brook Street 

Assessment: $400,000

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444 Brook Street 

Assessment: $397,700

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450 Brook Street

Assessment: $418,000

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167 Cushing Street

Assessment: $400,100

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169 Cushing Street 

Assessment: $398,000


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