As part of the design and planning phase, the City and Arup are collaborating to create a public website portal that enables users to virtually navigate the 8.6-acre site, view photos of existing site conditions and provide direct feedback to the project team to help inform the planning, design and development process. The website will launch on a later date to be announced. A robust public engagement process will be an integral part of the development and implementation of the project through regular consultations with all stakeholders and community members. Arup will be collaborating on the design and community engagement process with a Providence-based team that includes landscape architecture firm Stimson, architecture firm Ultramoderne, and Manuel Cordero.
These improvements will be implemented in three phases. Phase I/II are financed through Mayor Jorge Elorza FY2020-FY2024 Comprehensive Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). During CY 2020 – 2023, $12.8 Million of CIP funds will help propel the plan into action. During Phase III, an additional $4 Million will be deployed through the Rhode Island State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
Providence has seen a historic increase in major development projects across the City. In 2019 alone, more than 70 major development projects were under construction, in plan review, or undergoing the permitting process. These developments, coupled with city-connectivity initiatives like Great Streets, are foundational elements of Downtown’s transformation into a thriving business, residential and cultural district.