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PBN: Would dredging return bustle to riverfront?

Last dredged in the 1990s, the river is now so shallow in places that even the Proud Mary has to dance around obstructions and can’t reach Waterplace Park at low tide. “I know where all those difficult places are, but north of Point Street you can run aground virtually any time,” McGinn said. “I just have to be careful and cannot go into Waterplace Park basin when it’s real low.”

Preventing the river from filling in with natural sediment requires periodic dredging, something neither the city nor state has been eager to finance in recent years. The federal government declined to tap a pool of funds set aside for dredging projects that maintain cargo shipping channels.

As a result, much of the center and eastern side of the river is too shallow for boats even at midtide and the WaterFire lightings must be planned around tidal schedules and closures of the hurricane barrier to keep water inside.

Now the depth of the river and role marine traffic should play in the revitalization of downtown has become a discussion point again as the state begins construction of new public spaces on the former Interstate 195 land.


What if traffic in the Woonasquatucket looked like this?:

“Amsterdam Canals: It’s busy on the Prinsengracht” © Peter Eijking

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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

Find details about 4th of July 2014 events here.

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

Fireworks Barge

Find details about 4th of July 2014 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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Updated: Video: Providence Night Aerial

There’s no information to go with this video on YouTube, but apparently it is a camera strapped to a model airplane. Pretty cool!


Update: I got an email from Nicholas Lin who created this video. He provided a link to a video shot with a better camera and some info on his process:

The plane is flown birds eye view. I have a camera on the plane that records as well as sends live video to a set of video goggles that I wear to fly. It’s amazing to be able to see Providence from that perspective. I live on the East Side of Providence and love the city!

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Last CBC wine tasting of the season!

Need some ideas as to what to serve this holiday season?

On Thursday, December 1 at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting the last of its 2011 wine tasting events at the boat house. This months varietal: Sparkling Whites

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, this is a great opportunity to try some wines that might be appropriate for the holidays. It goes like this:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 3 bottles of the same wine*
  • We serve 2 of them (blindly) and put 1 in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, vote on your favorite wine
  • If your wine gets voted as most favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Sparkling Whites,” perfect for the holidays. Please bring 3 bottles of the SAME Sparkling White.

For the rest of the details, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP at this facebook event.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

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Beer tasting event at the CBC boathouse Thursday

The deck at the Community Boating Center overlooking Providence Harbor

On Thursday, October 20th at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting another of its 2011 tasting events at the boat house. This month, we’re switching things up a bit and having a beer tasting! Our beer varietal will be Brown Ales.

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, these events are a fun way to get to see the boathouse and meet some people. Unlike your typical tasting, we have a bit of a contest:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 2 6-packs of the same beer*
  • We’ll serve them in numbered pitchers and put a portion of unopened bottles in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, you vote on your favorite beer
  • If your beer gets voted as most favorite, you win all the remaining bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!
  • If your beer gets voted least favorite, you have to bring your bottles home with you

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Brown Ales.” Please bring 2 six-packs of the SAME brown ale.

For the rest of the details and schedule of future tastings and events, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP via facebook.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

For questions or more info about CBC, email matthew.coolidge@gcpvd.org

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Demolition of Shooters to begin tomorrow

The former Shooters nightclub on the Providence waterfront.

The former Shooters nightclub on the Providence waterfront.

Providence Business News reports that the former Shooters Nightclub on the Providence waterfront next to the Community Boating Center, will be demolished starting tomorrow.

The parcel was purchased by RIDOT to use as a staging area for the Route 195 relocation project and was recently purchased from RIDOT by the state Department of Environmental Management. The purchase by one state agency from another state agency was approved by voters as part of a 2010 ballot measure. DEM paid RIDOT $3.2 million for the property.

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Wind turbines approved for Port of Providence

EcoRI News reports that the Narragansett Bay Commission has approved a $12 million construction contract to build three wind turbines at the Port of Providence.

The turbines should be operational by March of next year.

In other wind turbine news, WPRI reports that Deepwater Wind has submitted new plans for a 200 turbine wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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