Greater City Providence

Future Development of the Jewelry District and the Old Harbor Area

Jewelry District and Skyline from Providence River Bridge

Jewelry District and Providence skyline from new Providence River Bridge.

From the Downtown Providence website:

The Jewelry District Association and The Providence Foundation invite you to an “Open House” to Discuss Your Ideas for the Future Development of the Jewelry District and the Old Harbor Area.

DATE: Tuesday, December 11, 2007
TIME: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
PLACE: The Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street

You are invited to “drop by” anytime during 4:00pm to 9:00pm and talk to The Cecil Group, a planning consultant, along with members from the Jewelry District Association and The Providence Foundation. There will be a short presentation by The Cecil Group at 7:00pm, but feel free to come by at anytime.

The Jewelry District Association’s monthly meeting will be held at 6-7pm in an adjacent room at the Children’s Museum. Chris Placco will present Johnson & Wales new institutional master plan. (PLEASE NOTE that this time is one hour later than the usual JDA meeting time.)

The “Open House” is the first in a series of public meetings to be held as part of a planning and communication effort to identify key issues, opportunities and expectations for future development, open space and public infrastructure improvements. The Jewelry District Association and The Providence Foundation are sponsoring this effort with the hopes of developing a widely-shared understanding of how these goals can be achieved. This effort can assist the City in its Comprehensive Planning Process, including the neighborhood charrette for this area that will be held in 2008, and can provide valuable input into potential development projects.

We hope that you can join us. If not, please feel free to contact any of the following with your thoughts and questions:

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • Mr. Jaffee,

    Your plan for the Jewerly District/Old Harbor Area plan was recently brought to my attention. The Rhode Island Rhythm & Blues Preservation Society, a partner with the RI Historical Society would like to solicit from the City of Providence via , a donation of two (2) standard lots of land in the Jewerly District/Old Harbor Area as part of the city Comprehensive Planning Process when I-195 is demolished. The lots would be used to house the operations of our 501(3)(c)organization that benefits the public. In this regard, I respectfully request your guidance/procedure for formally submitting our request.

    For questions and/or additional information, I can be reached at [ed.] (phone number removed).

    Thank you for your time and the courtesy of a timely reply.

  • Dr. Coates:
    This website is not the official planning origination for the Jewelry Distirct/Old Harbor area, this post was simply notification of an upcoming meeting. To contact Mr. Jaffe, you should use the email address in the above post.

  • Thank you for the courtesy of a reply. Mr. Jaffe was the addressee on the original email message. However there has been no response from him to date. Any assistance you could provide to alert him to my email would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank You,

    Dr. Coates

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