A number of the principal players in getting the project off (or into) the ground were on hand to offer a look at what the future holds for the District, including Gov. Raimondo, 195 Commission Chair Azrack, Wexford Chair Behrens, Commerce Sect'y Pryor, Cambridge Innovation Center founder Rowe. The R.I. Congressional delegation was present in force. Sen. Reed commented that the DIstrict has moved from jewelry to genomic research.
It was a day when the District breathed a great sigh of relief. The opening of South Street Landing was the first sign that things have started to percolate here. The Wexford project is the first piece of the 195 land to show signs of life. And, as Chairman Azrack said, it is a great beginning that in three phases may result in 1 million square feet of new buildings. Behrens added that phase 1 will total 200,000 square feet, already 75% rented.
Editorial Note: Everyone was talking about the Innovation and Technology District and its truly exciting future. We would just like to point out how happy the JDA is to extend a hearty welcome to the I & T District as you move into our neighborhood. You have wonderful potential to add to long story of the historic Jewelry District. (End of Editorial Note)
As usual, the Providence Journal's Kate Bramson offered full details in the article that you can read HERE.