As part of their Jewelry District development plan, Brown University is turning a portion of a surface parking lot at the corner of Richmond and Ship Streets into a public plaza, Ship Street Square.
The Brown Daily Herald wrote about it in April:
The new Medical Education Building at 222 Richmond St. will be completed in July. A month later, the University plans to wrap up its conversion of a nearby parking lot to a public plaza, featuring terraced wood flooring and red maple trees. Built with expectations of outdoor concerts, dance and yoga classes, movie screenings and farmers’ markets, it will be a “livable urban space,” said Edward Wing, dean of medicine and biological sciences. Food vendors and lunch trucks will gravitate to the space, he added.
For the near future at least, the Square will be backed by surface parking. As seen in the rendering though, and as would be assumed, future plans call for a building or buildings (to be determined later) to fill in the parking lot. The square will really come into its own once the rest of the lot is built out.
The lot will of course provide for space for those food trucks envisioned by Mr. Wing above.
It will be nice to have a public space in the Jewelry District where one can sit and rest. Today I took my lunch down to the waterfront where the parks along the river are supposed to be.
It is going to be a while still before the riverfront parks are ready for prime time. Currently, there’s pretty much nowhere one can go and sit outside in the Jewelry District.
Count me as looking forward to Brown making swift progress on Ship Street.