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ProJo: Wider Washington Bridge bike path across Seekonk River to open in November

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An 11-foot-wide bike lane, yet to be paved, runs the length of the bridge from East Providence to Providence. Alongside it, but separate, is a partially poured, stamped-concrete 7-foot-wide path for walkers. At the center and widest part of the span, a small park is taking shape with expansive water views.

In the summer of 2012, the Department of Transportation closed the span — along with its narrow and harrowing path for bikers and walkers — to begin the $21.8-million “linear park” project. More than two years later, it’s expected to reopen, largely on schedule, in November.

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RIDOT announces start of work on Washington Bridge Linear Park

Washington Bridge Linear Park

Rendering of the Washington Bridge Linear Park. From RIDOT.

RIDOT is prepared to start work on the long awaited Washington Bridge Linear Park. The park is set to be built on remaining sections of the old Washington Bridge and will connect pedestrians and cyclists from Providence’s India Point Park to the East Bay Bike Path in East Providence.

As a result of work, the current passage over the bridge will be closed starting Monday, July 19th. RIDOT recommends recreational users of the East Bay Bike Path head to park in East Providence. Others are urged to use RIPTA to get to/from East Providence. RIDOT recommends that only “experienced cyclists” use the Henderson Bridge to cross the Seekonk River. Says a lot about RIDOT’s bikelanes on that bridge, don’t you think?

Full information about detours and closures can be found on RIDOT’s website.

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Jewelry District Association on the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission

The below letter was sent to House Speaker Gordon Fox by the Jewelry District Association regarding the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission:

27 June 2011

Dear Mr. Speaker and Providence Representatives:

The Jewelry District Association (JDA) strongly urges you to take no action on Senate Bill 114 as Amended.

JDA membership is made up of a broad cross-section of businesses and residents and institutions, including the largest employers in Providence. For the past six years the JDA has participated in all the City’s planning sessions on the Jewelry District along with interested parties from throughout the City and the State. Two and a half years ago the JDA and the Providence Foundation sponsored a study by the Cecil Group that outlined strategies for creating a thriving mixed-use community in the Jewelry District. Now we and others are engaged with the City and their consultants, Perkins + Will, in work that will result in I-195 parcel develop-ment plans, updated citywide zoning and a streamlined permitting process.

With no regard for these planning efforts, Senate Bill 114 proposes a Redevelopment Commission for the I-195 parcels that has sweeping powers and little or no checks and balances. As one critic said, it creates, “a city within a city,” which flies in the face of comprehensive planning.

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Fox Point Neighborhood Association opposes Route 195 Development Commission

The Fox Point Neighborhood Association has expressed their opposition to the 195 land commission; press release:

FPNA Asks House to Stop I-195 Redevelopment Commission

The Fox Point Neighborhood Association, (FPNA), has asked the House of Representatives to oppose Senate Bill 114 that would create a state-controlled commission with unprecedented powers over development of the I-195 parcels.

In two separate e-mails sent to their membership and other neighborhood associations, FPNA attached a link, which recipients could use to contact House Speaker Gordon Fox and Providence Representatives and ask them to oppose the bill.

FPNA President Ian Barnacle said allowing the Governor to appoint four representatives from the State and only three from the City, unfairly stacks the deck. “By a majority vote, this commission would decide everything about the sale, zoning and development of the 35 acres of land that will be freed up when old I-195 highway comes down,” Barnacle explains. “This obvious power grab ensures that no code of ethics, public meeting law, or detailed reports of the proposed commission’s activity will matter. It is blatantly unfair.”

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Video: Community Forum on Proposed I-195 Redevelopment District

Part one of two of the Community Forum on Proposed I-195 Redevelopment District:

6.13.11 Community Forum on Proposed I-195 Redevelopment District Commission PART 1 of 2 from BetterProvidence on Vimeo.

BetterProvidence & Common Cause RI hosted a Community Forum to give PVD and RI residents the opportunity to learn about and ask questions about the State’s legislative proposal for selling and redeveloping 35 acres of land in and adjacent to PVD’s Jewelry District.

Panelists:

  • John Marion, ED, Common Cause RI
  • Kelly Mahoney, Policy Dir., Dept. of Administration, State of RI
  • Arthur Salisbury, President, Jewelry District Association
  • Thomas Deller, Planning Director, City of Providence

Forum Co-Sponsors:

  • Jewelry District Association
  • Fox Point Neighborhood Association
  • Greater City: Providence
  • American Institute of Architects Rhode Island

Forum moderator: Mike Ritz, ED, Leadership Rhode Island
Event venue: The Spot Underground, Providence

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Harvard looks to private partners to jump start development in North Allston. A model for Providence?

 

The Boston Globe reports on plans by Harvard University to jump start development on its land in North Allston by teaming up with private partners. The University’s plan would bring in private investors to develop a life sciences complex in the Boston neighborhood across the Charles River from their main Cambridge campus.

Does any of this sound familiar, a large institution, crossing a river, developing life sciences”¦ Of course we’re obsessed right now with the Route 195 land, but the fact is, Brown already has numerous holdings in the Jewelry District, chiefly along Richmond Street, before even going after Route 195 parcels.

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Route 195 demolition at the Chestnut Street Overpass

The final Route 195 overpass on the west side of the river started coming down today in earnest. Chestnut Street is currently closed at the Old Route 195 and crews are furoiously working removing the bridge. The entire Jewelry District is shaking as they bang away at it.

Here’s a few photos I took this morning:

Chestnut Street

Under the bridge. Everyone got all weepy when the murals came down on Wickenden Street, no love for the mural on Chestnut?

Chestnut Street

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Coverage from last night’s Route 195 Community Forum

Speakers at last night's Route 195 Community Forum. From left; Kelly Mahoney, State Department of Administration; John Marion, Common Cause RI; Thom Deller, Providence Planning Department; not pictured Arthur Salisbury, Jewelry District Association.
From left; Kelly Mahoney, State Department of Administration; John Marion, Common Cause RI; Thom Deller, Providence Planning Department; not pictured Arthur Salisbury, Jewelry District Association. Photo from Common Cause RI’s Facebook Page

Last night’s forum was well attended (probably 100+ in the crowd) and a lively discussion on the issues.

Better Providence video’d the event, we’ll have that for you as soon as it is available online, for now, coverage from local media:

This post will be updated as more information is available.

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