So what is going on with Struever Bros.?

In Development, Economy by Jef Nickerson8 Comments

June 27, 2013: Brown letter to campus regarding South Street Power Station project So ProJo reported on their blog yesterday and in print today that Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse has left Rhode Island and pulled out of all projects that it was working on here. PBN however reports that that is not entirely true. Both papers quote CEO William …

Brown Daily Herald: “Town/Brown”

In 195 Relocation Project by Greater City Providence2 Comments

View Jewelry District sites in a larger map Key: Green = Brown-owned buildings, Red = Lots Brown is pursuing, Blue = Lots Johnson and Wales University is pursuing. The Brown Daily Herald has launched a five part series they describe as: A five-part Herald series examining Brown’s multifacited relationship with the city it calls home. Parts 1 & 2 are …

Brown University Alpert Medical School

In 195 Relocation Project, Colleges/Universities, Development by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Rendering from Brown University by Ellenzweig Associates The Corporation of Brown University met on Saturday and approved plans for the renovations of 222 Richmond Street in the Jewelry District turning the building into the Alpert Medical School. Pre-recession plans called for the university to construct a new building near Rhode Island Hospital to house the medical school. After the school’s …

Could the schools help provide needed transit for Downtown?

In 195 Relocation Project, Transportation by Jef Nickerson13 Comments

In the comments section of the post about the Route 195 surplus land redevelopment report there is an interesting discussion (recommended reading) going on about dividing the parcels into smaller lots to create a more granular Downcity-like development pattern in the Route 195 land. Part of that discussion is the realization that we need better transit options throughout the Downcity …

Temporary Architecture

In 195 Relocation Project by Jef Nickerson8 Comments

Rendering from Envelope Architecture + Design As we start to look towards redeveloping 19 acres of land in the center of our city, during the worst economic downturn in a generation, it is apparent that we need to start thinking outside the proverbial box. Envelope A+D of Oakland, California shows the way with Proxy. The project looks for a temporary …

195 Street Grid Part 2: Walk Light FAIL in Davol Square

In 195 Relocation Project by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

I’m including this post as part of the 195 Street Grid series because it highlights a very simple but important failure. These lights have been here for a couple (several?) months; the infrastructure for cars is in place, lights are up and on, islands have been moved to make way for lanes, lanes have been marked… The pedestrian infrastructure however, …

It’s Official: Universities Target 195 Land

In 195 Relocation Project by Bret Ancowitz19 Comments

We all knew this was coming eventually, but Brown and Johnson and Wales have now officially made their play for their piece of the coming 195 land. The Projo has the details about House Majority Whip Peter F. Kilmartin’s (D-Pawtucket) legislation authorizing the state DOT to sell the two universities 6 of the 19 acres of the 195 land at …

Brown Medical School to Relocate to Jewelry District

In Buildings, Colleges/Universities by Bret Ancowitz1 Comment

View Larger Map Brown University seems to have finally chosen the future location of its Medical School. Currently shoehorned into its BioMed Building, the University initially decided that despite the 100 million dollar gift from Warren Alpert, our Great Recession made building a new structure adjacent to Rhode Island Hospital impossible and the call was made to renovate one of …

Art gets me out the door

In ART Scene Lately by Margie Butler2 Comments

Today we launch a new feature at Greater City Providence, Art Scene Lately. Margie Butler joins us as a guest arts contributor sharing updates on what’s out there in the city’s galleries and arts exhibitions. Art in Providence is alive and accessible and affordable. We’re interested in talking more about how art and our urban fascinations overlap. If I tallied …

Vaporscraper: Imperial Place

In Vaporscraper by Bret AncowitzLeave a Comment

Rendering from Churchill and Banks It’s hard to know how close this project ever came to reality, but anything remotely like it in this economic climate seems impossibly far off… What was it?: The Churchill and Banks website calls the building’s use “undecided,” but initial thoughs were for a 137,000 sf complex adjacent to Lifespan’s headquarters (well, adjacent to their …

Brown Med School Building Canceled, Other Changes…

In Colleges/Universities by Bret Ancowitz3 Comments

The Brown Daily Herald reports on changes decided by Brown this past weekend to adjust to the current economic woes, including the cancelation of construction of a new Medical School building in the Jewelry District. The medical school will now likely get renovated space in an existing Jewelry District building that has yet to be chosen. Given that the late …

Public Works Committee to consider abandonment of part of Orange Street

In Development, Downcity by Aaron Masri1 Comment

Aerial image from LiveLocal There is a petition to abandon a portion of Orange Street in Downtown which is on the agenda for the February 11, 2008 Providence City Council Committee on Public Works meeting. 2. Petition from Aram Garabedian, Manager, One Financial Center Plaza, LLC, 235 Waterman Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906, requesting to abandon a portion of Orange …

Future Development of the Jewelry District and the Old Harbor Area

In Uncategorized by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Jewelry District and Providence skyline from new Providence River Bridge. From the Downtown Providence website: The Jewelry District Association and The Providence Foundation invite you to an “Open House” to Discuss Your Ideas for the Future Development of the Jewelry District and the Old Harbor Area. DATE: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 TIME: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM PLACE: The Providence …

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Public meetings on Waterfront Park winning design

In 195 Relocation Project, Parks/Open Space by Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

Executive Office, City of Providence, Rhode Island DAVID N. CICILLINE, MAYOR Date: May 22nd, 2007 For Immediate Release Contact: Karen Southern, Press Secretary (401) 421-2489 x 752 ksouthern@providenceri.com PRESS RELEASE WINNING DESIGN FOR PROVIDENCE’S NEW WATERFRONT PARKS THE FOCUS OF TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS Mayor Cicilline invites the public to provide additional feedback as winning design moves closer to implementation PROVIDENCE …