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PBN: I-195 commission hears two more pitches, ‘moving ahead’ on 2 others

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The Interstate 195 Redevelopment Commission Monday heard presentations from two developers with plans for the east side of the former highway land.

Royal Oaks LLC, a group led by Richard Baccari II, vice president of Providence-based Churchill & Banks, is pitching a project south of Wickenden Street, adjacent to existing Churchill & Banks properties in the Fox Point neighborhood.

After Royal Oaks, Carpionato Group of Johnston was slated to present its plan for the Connection at College Hill, an 850,000-square-foot apartment, retail, hotel and pharmaceutical research complex on nearly 6 acres and multiple parcels stretching across Wickenden.

The Carpionato Group proposal has been discussed before here.

Also see in the PBN article, the two developers who presented to the 195 Commission at the last meeting do not plan to construct any parking for their projects.

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ProJo: Residential construction, office space eyed for Fox Point land

The existing 3-story building on the one-acre lot now houses Vanity Restaurant. That portion of the development will house commercial tenants with the existing 11,000-square-foot structure expanded to 40,000 square feet of commercial space. The residential portion of the project will be new construction that includes 52 one- and two-bedroom apartments, including two penthouse suites. It will also have a rooftop garden. There will be 170 parking spaces for tenants and visitors.

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This project was on the Downtown Design Review Committee agenda in September. The project is being called, Esplanade at India Point.

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – January 29, 2013

A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at the office of Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence, Rhode Island, on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, beginning at 5:00 p.m., for the following purposes:

I. Public Session

Call to Order: The Chairperson

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. To approve the public session minutes of the meeting held on January 14, 2013. (Tab 1.)
  3. Review and approval of Resolutions authorizing the Commission to enter into the RIEDC bond transaction and to acquire I-195 surplus land.
  4. II. Executive Session

    To consider and act upon such matters as may be considered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to the Open Meetings Law, specifically matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (5), (disposition of public property) and subsection (7), (investment of public funds) of Rhode Island General Laws, Section 42-46-5(a) (the Open Meetings Law).

  5. Update by Levin & Co. Concerning Executive Director Search.
  6. Presentation by Hecht Development and Churchill & Banks Regarding Development Proposals.
  7. III. Public Session

    Chairman’s Report/Agenda for February 14, 2013 Meeting.

  8. Vote to Adjourn.


The presentation by Hecht Development and Churchill & Banks is scheduled during the Executive Session, which is generally not open to the public.

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