We noticed another sculpture arising in the Jewelry DIstrict the other day.
Since it was just starting its development, we weren't sure whether it was
an authorized I-195 Commission commission, or a guerrilla work of art.
On Monday, the 29th, with a fortuitous meeting the facts emerged:
Aleksandra Azbel is busily putting up a new work of art for the 195 Commission
at the southeast corner of Richmond and Clifford Streets.
With any luck, if the drunks leave it alone and the planting works, vines will twiine
their way up the sculpture in the next growing season.
Walking past our beautiful, abandoned power plant the other day, we noticed glimmerings of activity. Banners announce the Brown, RIC and URI collaboration. A Gilbane banner newly nailed up on the brick wall.
And, perhaps most telling, three brand new dumpsters and portable toilets on site.
Maybe hammers and saws will once again be heard above the noise of traffic on Eddy Street.
At the June 16 meeting of the 195 redevelopment District Commission, developers presented a mixed-use concept for the two parcels that make up the largest site offered by the destruction of Interstate 195 through the Jewelry District. In what JDA President Arthur Salisbury described as a "very complete presentation", developers showed conceptual drawings for a million-square feet of new construction that could rise on the 5 acres of Parcels 22 and 25. In all the project would have laboratory buildings, two laboratory/office buildings, a 175-room Le Meridien hotel, 100 residential units, retail space and a public meeting/event space. For the Providence Journal account of the meeting, click here.
The proposal was made by a partnership linking CV Properties LLC, and Baltimore, Md.-based Wexford Science & Technology. CV Properties is already at work in the District: they are converting the long-abandoned power plant into offices for Brown University and nursing school facilities for Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island.
The developers plan to build out the and in three distinct phases. The slide show below shows how they see the process unfolding, beginning with the hotel, large cafe and a lab/office/academic building.
For the CV/Wexford presentation, click HERE.
On June 3d, Pat O’Conner, president and CEO of Minor League Baseball, was in town to promote the idea of a waterfront baseball park on the Providence River.
WRNI's Scott McKay offered his observations on O'Conner's sales pitch. "A burly, folksy southerner, the Florida-based O’Conner told the gathering that most minor league stadiums –75 percent or so—are built with public subsidies of some form or another. He also said that in many instances, these new stadiums help to bring ancillary economic development to the areas near the parks, including hotels, restaurants, condo developments and shopping attractions."
You can read McKay's full account of the event here.
ArtProv Gallery has just opened its latest show focused on creativity in the District.
The Gallery says that "Fine Artists of the Jewelry District”, will feature paintings, photography, and sculptural work by artists creating and thriving in Providence’s Jewelry District, which was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1985. Once a thriving manufacturing area, the Jewelry District is now a dynamic live/work neighborhood with a rich architectural heritage. Behind the beautiful old facades, the Jewelry District is alive with creative energy from so many accomplished artists. We’re thrilled to show visitors the amazing talent we have in our own backyard.
For a preview of the art on exhibit, gallery hours and contact information, click here.