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Providence Downtown-Knowledge District Development Framework Study kick-off, Today

I keep forgetting to post about this, mainly because I’ve decided I’m not going because I’ve seen the basic presentation already, and I have 3 other things on my calendar; but you all should certainly go.

This is the Zoning/Development study committee that I was appointed to. I believe this will basically be the presentation that Perkins + Will gave to committee members several weeks ago. It is a good recap of the various studies that have been done over the years as well as some thinking about how the Jewelry and Hospital District are built, function, connect, and can grow.

The meeting is also a good opportunity to interact with the Planning Department and have your views heard.

The Providence Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is pleased to announce that the Kick-off Community Meeting for the Providence Downtown-Knowledge District Development Framework study will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2011. Please join us as we present the project background and existing conditions analysis, and solicit your input and ideas.

Kick-off Community Meeting:
Providence Downtown-Knowledge District Development Framework study
Thursday, July 21, 2011 • 5:30pm-7:00pm

Meeting Location:
444 Westminster Street*, first floor • Providence, RI 02903

Our study area is Downtown and the hospital area of Upper South Providence, including the Jewelry District and the I-195 surplus land. This area is well-positioned to become a center for new economic growth in Rhode Island and the region. The DPD is exploring ways to harness emerging knowledge-based development to create jobs and drive innovation and entrepreneurship, while ensuring that new growth reinforces the mixed-use character of the area.

Major project goals include:

  • Identifying a preferred land use and development scenario.
  • Creating revised land development regulations, including zoning.
  • Analyzing the existing capacity of utility infrastructure.

Please visit for additional project information and mapping.

*444 Wesminster Street is the old Blue Cross Blue Shield Building on Empire, the entrance is from the pedestrianized section of Westminster between Empire and Green Streets

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.


  • I won’t be able to make it– any idea if it will be recorded or if the presentation will be made available online?

  • This massive .pdf won’t load on the crappy computer I’m on now (maybe you’ll have better luck). I think it is the presentation we saw last month, which I’m assuming is the basis for what will be shown to the public today.

    Whole lotta assumptions in there.

    There’s more material on this page of the Planning Department’s website.

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