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Mary MacDonald

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Mary MacDonald joined the Providence Business News as a staff writer covering Government, Development, Real Estate and Manufacturing in December 2014. She previously was a correspondent for The Boston Globe and Telegram & Gazette, an editor at Patch/AOL, and a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in secondary English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Tech-focused living for seniors in North Kingstown

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Reynolds Farm development in North Kingstown is known for its “woman-centered design” choices, now it’s gaining a name for being...

Northeast Collaborative Architects earns status as women-owned small business

PROVIDENCE – Northeast Collaborative Architects LLC recently received the status of a women-owned small business by the U.S. Small Business Administration.The firm also has...

Central Falls honored for its commitment to trees

CENTRAL FALLS – The city has been named a 2018 Tree City USA by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment in...
THE HOPE POINT tower would feature 40 floors of residential apartments and condos atop a 6-story parking base. / COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION

Hope Point tower design gets a negative review by Providence design...

PROVIDENCE — The design of the proposed Hope Point tower failed to persuade the city’s Downtown Design Review Committee Monday that the 46-story tower...
PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE: The Providence River Pedestrian Bridge is a nearly $22 million project that predates Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s administration, and which is nearing completion. It is the 11th-largest project among the 77 active construction projects being handled by the R.I. Department of Transportation.
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Building bridges to safer travel

Peter Alviti Jr., the four-year director of the R.I. Department of Transportation, is overseeing 77 active construction projects through the RhodeWorks program.Proposed by Gov....
RECONSTRUCTION: The 6-10 connector is a series of nine bridges, seven of which are structurally deficient. Reconstruction began six months ago, and the work is now in the demolition phase. The total project cost is $410 million.
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Top 25 RhodeWorks projects

The R.I. Department of Transportation has awarded $1.5 billion in contracts for 77 active construction projects through RhodeWorks. Here are the 25 largest projects:1....
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Blake Filippi

Blake Filippi | Minority leader, R.I. House1. You are the new House minority leader. How do you elevate the voices of a comparatively small...
E-SCOOTERS: A couple of Bird electronic scooters are photographed on a sidewalk in Providence. Bird is one of two companies operating the scooters in the capital city, which requires the scooter companies to cover the city with a general-liability insurance policy of at least $1 million in value.
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Is city protected if scooters crash?

The electric scooters flitting around Providence are fast, efficient, fairly inexpensive and easy to use. But they’re an accident waiting to happen, and when...
PETER ALVITI JR., director of RIDOT, shown in 2017, overlooking the original planned location of a Providence transit hub. The project may now be dispersed throughout downtown. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence transit hub might not be a hub after all

PROVIDENCE – What will the Providence transit hub look like? For starters, it may not be a hub at all. The project is in...
A RENDERING of a proposed apartment building at 210 West Exchange St. in Providence by ZDS Architectural Design. / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE

40-unit apartment building proposed for West Exchange Street

PROVIDENCE – A two-story historical building in an industrial area of Federal Hill could be converted with a new five-story addition to a 40-unit...
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