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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – September 9, 2013

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013, beginning at 5:00PM, for the following purposes

I. Public Session

Call to Order: The Chairperson

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Acting Chairperson John Kelly.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meeting held on August 19, 2013. (Tab 1.)
  3. Executive Director’s Report – Review of Activities in Past Month and Proposed Future Activities.
  4. Presentation by Friends of India Point Park re: Waterfront Power Lines.
  5. Chairman’s Report – Review of Activities in Past Month and Proposed Future Activities/Tentative Agenda for October 21, 2013 Meeting.
  6. Vote to Adjourn.

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Providence 4th of July 2013 festival and fireworks at India Point Park

The City has announced plans for this year’s Fourth of July celebration at India Point Park. See the bottom of the post for information about traffic restrictions and heightened security measures.


Mayor Taveras Invites Providence Residents To Celebrate Fourth of July

Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra performance and fireworks display highlight BankRI Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park

FireworksPROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism will host the BankRI Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4 at India Point Park.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra will provide entertainment during the celebration, which will be followed by a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks display is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. A rain date of July 5 has been set.

“I look forward to the Fourth of July every summer and I am excited to join BankRI to host this important celebration of our liberty and freedom. I invite residents from across Providence and all of Rhode Island to join me at India Point Park as we celebrate with fireworks and a free concert from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra,” said Mayor Taveras.

Additional sponsors of the celebration include Lite Rock 105, the Providence Tourism Council, the Providence Federation of Musicians, the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation.

“The Fourth of July is a holiday rich in tradition that so many in our community look forward to. We’re proud to continue our support of the BankRI Independence Day Celebration,” said Mark J. Meiklejohn, President and CEO of BankRI. “In addition to the event’s signature fireworks display, there are activities and entertainment for people of all ages.”

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→ ProJo: Project for Kettle Point, long at rest, on the move

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Rendering of Kettle Point by Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

Tuesday night, the city’s Waterfront District Commission unanimously approved the 40-acre, 407-unit, $75-million Kettle Point development.

The project developer is Churchill & Banks of Providence. Richard Baccari II, the firm’s executive vice president, said that after state permits are obtained, construction would begin this summer. A year later, the first residents would arrive.

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→ The New York Times: Historic Power Plant in Providence, R.I., May Get Another Chance at an Encore

The New York Times reports that Brown University may be interested in redeveloping the South Street Power Station, better known as the location of the stalled “Dynamo House” project.

According to James S. Bennett, director of economic development for Providence, “serious” possible tenants have looked at the building in recent months, though he declined to say who they were. Sources knowledgeable about the site said that Brown University might be interested since Dynamo House is in the city’s Jewelry District, where Brown has expanded in recent years.

Mr. Bennett said the city had made finding a new use for the building a priority, and would not consider the alternative: “It’s not going to be torn down,” he said.

See also:
Greater City Providence: What’s going on with the Dynamo House?
Via: Nesi’s Notes
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State RFP for the redevelopment of the “Shooters” site

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The State of Rhode Island is soliciting final proposals for the redevelopment of the Shooters site on India Street in Providence.

Proposals are due on October 4th with a walk-through scheduled for September 5th.

This RFP seeks bids from private vendors, marina operators, recreational professionals, concessionaires, restaurant operators, ferry service providers, water based recreational vendors, non-profit organizations, agricultural product marketing professionals, farmers, commercial property developers, and other interested parties to lease the 25 India Street property for commercial, recreational, and marina related uses. Proposals must be beneficial to the State, City and private vendor through providing lease revenues and providing new recreational opportunities on site.

Potential responders: This RFP is not intended to limit responses from ANY interested party. Interested parties can include, but are not limited to:

  1. Recreational Service providers (bicycle rentals, paddleboard/canoe/kayak/sail/motorboat rentals, marina operators, ferry service operators, bay excursion providers).
  2. Full Service Restaurant/Catering operators.
  3. Office and commercial property developers.
  4. Food V endors and concessionaires.
  5. Recreationally-related concessions.
  6. Exercise/Physical Fitness providers.
  7. Arts/Cultural organizations/non-profit museum operators.
  8. Farmers/Farmers Market/Produce/Poultry/Fish Providers.
  9. Local Governmental or non-governmental organizations.
  10. Other interested parties.

Download the RFP pdf

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Providence 4th of July 2012 festival and fireworks at India Point Park

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Fireworks barge in the Providence River

Find details about 4th of July 2013 events here.

The City of Providence will be celebrating the 4th of July again this year with a festival and fireworks at India Point Park. See more information below including the traffic plan and a reminder that no fireworks or sparklers will be allowed in the park.

Mayor Taveras Invites Providence Residents to Celebrate Fourth of July

Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra and Miss USA Olivia Culpo to perform at BankRI Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism will host the BankRI Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4 at India Point Park.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra and Miss USA Olivia Culpo – a Rhode Island native – will provide entertainment during the celebration and prior to the Fourth of July fireworks display. Other sponsors of the celebration include the Department of Parks and Recreation, Lite Rock 105 and the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. The rain date is July 5, 2012.

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It’s boating season in Providence

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This Saturday Providence Community Boating is hosting a free open house starting at 1pm with skippered sailboat rides and a BBQ.

Additionally, there will be Audubon Birds of Prey presentations at 1:15 pm and 2:45 pm. Anyone who joins either CBC or Audubon Society of Rhode Island as a 2012 member at the event will receive a free bird-watching boat tour narrated by an Audubon naturalist. Bird-watching boat tours will leave at 2:00 pm and 3:30 PM

Celebrate and enjoy free iced tea from our new friends at Granny Squibb‘s.

And don’t forget, CBC is offering kayaking this year too. Opening day will be May 29th.

Lessons are starting next week! Here is a link (PDF) to the membership forms. No experience necessary!

109 India Street, Providence

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CBC brings kayaks to Providence

Community Boating Boathouse

The Providence Community Boating Center has announced that kayaking will be added to their programming this spring!

The simplicity of kayaking as an entry-level sport for anyone makes it attractive to get outside, get moving, and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

FREE recreational kayaking is now included with adult memberships! Paddle one day as a trial/guest member, or all season, + FREE guest! We want you to paddle with a friend, so you get up to 2 kayaks/ trip.

New to paddling? Join us for some basic instruction and a guided tour. FREE guided “RiverRomp” tours offer youth & families a healthy, active alternative to TV, video, and other indoor, static activities.

CBC will, of course, still be offering recreational sailing and sailing lessons this spring, but now a membership will also offer kayak usage and kayaking lessons!

An adult membership for the entire season costs only $195*, and basically gives you access to boats 7 days a week – with no boat rental fees and no maintenance obligations.

Only in town for a day, or worried about commitment? CBC offers a one-day pass for $75 – a great way to spend an afternoon before checking out a Waterfire.

More details on the CBC website including the 2012 Membership Application (PDF)

*packages and discounts available, too!

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