You can see the interview complete on Channel 12 Executive Suite.
As the sales effort ramps up for the 195 redevelopment area, the 195 Commission took to the airwaves. In an informative talk with Executive Suite host Ted Nesi, Commission Chair Colin Kane and Executive Director Jan Brodie offered an in-depth look at the land in question and outlined the procedures they've put in place to streamline a developer's route to a finished building.
You can see the interview complete on Channel 12 Executive Suite.
On date, the 195 Commission made a sales presentation to officially put the former I-195 highway land on the market. While hopes for quick action on the 19 Jewelry District acres available for development, the Providence Journal reported a small turnout for the meeting. Read the article HERE.
Iway City Streets West
Expect narrowing of city street project-wide weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dyer Street (between Ship and Friendship Streets), Richmond Street (between Ship and Friendship Streets) and Chestnut Street (between Friendship and Clifford Streets) will be narrowed for utility construction. We will continue to install electrical conduit on Chestnut Street. We also plan to install drainage on Dyer, Chestnut and Richmond Streets. Lastly, we anticipate a reallocation of resources as we gear up to increase the workforce for the official start of the construction season.
Iway City Streets East
Narrowed lanes are anticipated on South Main Street, South Water Street and Wickenden Street, and a single lane closure is expected on South Water Street and Wickenden Street weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our crews will focus on installing electrical conduit along South Water Street and Wickenden Street. Soil excavation will occur on South Water Street and Dollar Street.
In the wake of Club Karma's license revocation, The Providence Journal's editorial page has called out for action to curb the eruptions of violence plaguing some of the city's night clubs.
In the Jewelry District we see both the good and the truly bad. Clubs that tightly hew to the letter of the law and ones that seem to go out of their way to foster the worst kind of behavior.
See the February 25th Projo Editorial
The JDA has been actively working with the Hospitality Resource Partnership on this problem. And there has been progress. We monitor Board of Licenses hearings on license approvals and violations. Members of the Providence Police, and the Brown and Johnson & Wales campus police regularly attend JDA meetings to update us on law enforcement in our area. We've also worked with Councilman Seth Yurdin and the City Council to improve the effectiveness of the night club ordinances.
Come to JDA monthly meetings to learn more about ways we're working with the City and State to do something about this siutation. Our goal is to keep our neighborhood, and the City of Providence, a great, orderly and peaceful place to live, work and, yes, have a great time at a night club.
What are the plans — and dreams — for the I-195 land?
We're getting nearer to seeing the future. The I-195 Commission has just completed the promotional materials to launch the marketing of the land to developers. First step was to come up with a descriptor for the project; it's now The Link.
In the Develolper's Tool Kit for The Link, you can see the current thinking for the way some 2 - 3 million square feet of new building could fill the land emptied when I-195 was torn down.
It's an exciting vision of the future of Providence. And, for residents and people working in the Jewelry District, it represents the next phase in nearly two centuries of an ever-changing landscape. So take a look at The Link
The legislature's in session and, once again, has the opportunity to drive the Rhode Island economy forward using the proven tool of Historic Preservation Tax credits. The one-time credits voted in 2013 got projects started statewide. As an Op Ed piece in today's Providence Journal details, tax credits return their investment many times over.
At the same time, a bond issue on the legislative table can provide funds to municipalities to make desperately overdue repairs to the historic structures in their care. Priceless structures from our past, endangered because of budget cutbacks. Putting the bond issue on the ballot is the first step to saving them from ruin.
The Jewelry District has benefited from Historic Tax Credits in the past. We know first hand how well tax credits can work. Everybody has seen all the rescued, repurposed and dramatically refurbished buildings around Rhode Island that prove the point.
Read about it HERE and then let your Senator and Representative that they need to pass these two key pieces of legislation for 2014.
Even before the relocation of Interstate 195 opened up 19 acres of land for development in downtown Providence, the city’s core already featured numerous underutilized properties waiting for the right building project.
So will the former highway land, now being marketed nationally by brokers Jones Lang LaSalle as The Link, attract private-sector investors previously uninterested in Providence?
Read the full story in The Providence Business News: HERE
Iway City Streets West, Providence
Narrowing of city streets is expected project-wide weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Richmond Street, between Ship and Friendship Streets, and Chestnut Street, between Friendship and Clifford Streets are also narrowed for utility construction. National Grid will continue to install new electrical conduit on Richmond Street and in the Clifford and Claverick Streets area. Crews will also install drainage on Chestnut and Richmond Streets.
Iway City Streets East, Providence
Narrowed lanes are anticipated on James and South Water Streets, and a single lane closure is expected on South Water Street, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crews will focus on installing electrical duct along South Water Street. Future work will include installing new pavement, sidewalks, curbing, drainage and utilities. Additional upgrades will consist of new traffic signals, street lighting, landscaping and urban design elements.
Plus ca change plus c'est la meme chose.
This "Do Not Enter" sign spent a day or two guarding the excavation at the corner of Clifford, Chestnut and Ship Streets (if three — actually four — streets can form a "corner"). While the sign was in the hole, most motorists still realized that it meant that tsegment of Chestnut is one way. Yes, there were frequent sudden stops, reversals and U-turns in front of 95 Chestnut Street.
Now the construction area has been graded smooth. The holes in the ground have been filled (the ones in the off-street area, NOT the ones in the street). Earth moving equipment has moved off the site.
And the sign has been re-located. See if you can find it in the picture on the right. The new location is so far from the street that cars don't even slow down. They drive north past 95 Chestnut Street, cross the impending reincarnation of Friendship Street and head on to Starbucks or wherever they're going.
Pedestrians heading in and out of the District now have a choice of sidewalks along Pine Street. The construction barriers around the J&W construction site have been removed on Pine between Chestnut and Richmond and along Richmond opposite PPAC.
Of course, when the garage is open and classes are dismissed, commuter students will come charging out of the garage exit making life perilous (or at least very exciting) for pedestrians.