Phase One will include an office building, a hotel and a public plaza. Brown University and Cambridge Innovation Center will be the anchor tenants for the 191,000 sq-ft, 6 story building. The plaza will be a multi-purpose open space between the hotel and the Innovation Center.
The 195 Commission meeting also offered updates on other projects that will contribute to the transformation of the District.
Construction of the Pedestrian Bridge continues apace; concrete formwork has now appeared for the first time aboveground on both sides of the river.
Good news, too, on the west side River Walk with plans for extending it all the way to Point St. The Commission has agreed with the developers of South Street Landing on financing a footbridge over the Ship Street Inlet... burying the electrical conduit that's currently strung in the air between South Street and the Manchester Station power plant... and natural screening of the large transformer yard now under construction in connection with National Grid's new Switchgear Building.
For details on each of these projects, just click PROJECTS Progress at the top right of this page.
During the meeting, Commission Chair Joseph Azrack invited public comment; his invitation was eagerly accepted.
Providence Foundation Executive Director Dan Baudouin expressed his delight that at last, after years of public campaigning for it, the Providence River Walk will be completed to Point St. Others, expressed
appreciation for the way the scale and siting of the buildings reinforce the District's prized walkability. Strong pleas were made that developers of future projects be urged to follow that example, especially in the key parcels directly across Dyer St. The rich opportunities for public art installations were cited. There was praise for Wexford and the 195 Commission recognizing the importance of a designated pathway for CiTY WALK as a core amenity of the site.
Among those speaking were JDA President Arthur Salisbury and JDA board members, Olin Thompson, Peter McClure, Lewis Dana, Sharon Steele and Leslie Myers.