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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.
SEASONED INTERPRETER: Jose Cruz, left, is a medically certified interpreter who has worked for Pinpoint Translation Services in Providence for more than a decade. Cruz speaks with Elba Morales, right, of Providence, a Spanish-speaking resident of PACE Organization of Rhode Island, as Dr. Tsewang Gyurmey looks on. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pinpoint fills need for interpreters

As Rhode Island’s population becomes more diverse, business and government entities are encountering more people who need goods and services but who have trouble...
PROJECTS AKIN to the Block Island Wind Farm , developed by Deepwater Wind, will require significant port acreage. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Can R.I. ride wind-energy wave?

Rhode Island has invested heavily in its port infrastructure in recent years, to retrofit what had been created with the last century’s industries in...
A FIVE-STORY BUILDING of 44 condominium units and retail space is being proposed for a surface parking lot near Interstate 195 and South Water Street in the Fox Point neighborhood of Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

Five-story building proposed for Fox Point neighborhood near I-195

PROVIDENCE – A building of 44 condominium units and retail space is being proposed for a surface parking lot near Interstate 195 and South...
SEN. ADAM J. SATCHELL, D-West Warwick, has introduced legislation that would create micro-zones in distressed areas that would waive state sales tax and other state fees on revitalization efforts. / COURTESY R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Five Questions With: Adam J. Satchell

Sen. Adam J. Satchell, D-West Warwick, has introduced legislation for several years that would create micro-zones in “exceptionally distressed areas” that would waive state...
WHETHER PROVIDENCE SHOULD have residential buildings as high as 600 feet was debated during the public comment section of the City Plan Commission meeting earlier this week, as city officials considered whether to rezone the site for Hope Point Tower. / COURTESY FANE ORGANIZATION

Providence residents divided on Fane’s Hope Point Tower

PROVIDENCE – Whether the city should have residential buildings as high as 600 feet was an undercurrent in the public comment section of the...
LINCOLN SCHOOL has completed a $5 million addition to its campus called the STEAM Hub for Girls, which will house science, technology, engineering, art/architecture, and math programs. / COURTESY LINCOLN SCHOOL

Lincoln School expands campus with $5M STEAM Hub for Girls addition

PROVIDENCE – Lincoln School has completed a $5 million addition to its campus, which will house science, technology, engineering, art/architecture, and math programs.Called the...
ERIC ZUENA, an architect with ZDS Architects, has presented plans to the Providence Downtown Design Review Committee to add a second entrance door on the left side of the Cherry & Webb building at 275 Westminster St. / PBN PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

Architect seeks design change for Cherry & Webb building

PROVIDENCE – While office space in the Cherry & Webb building, at 275 Westminster St., is largely leased, the retail tenants at street level...
AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE to the Providence City Council recommended it reject several zoning changes that would allow a 46-story residential high-rise, the Hope Point Tower, on a prominent site overlooking the Providence River downtown. / COURTESY FANE ORGANIZATION

Providence commission recommends denial of zoning for 46-story Hope Point Tower

PROVIDENCE — After hours of public comment, an advisory committee to the Providence City Council on Tuesday recommended it reject several zoning changes that...
PROVIDENCE WATER is launching a program that to help customers to replace privately owned lead pipes. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE WATER

Providence Water launches interest free loan program to remove lead pipes

PROVIDENCE – Providence Water is providing interest-free loans through a quasi-state agency to help homeowners replace lead pipes that connect from the public utility...
THE DESIGN approved conceptually by the Downtown Design Review Committee features 11 stories at the highest point, five stories on North Water Street and three stories on the corner parcel. / COURTESY DBVW Architects.

Edge College Hill Two design wins initial approval

PROVIDENCE — With a design that reflected reduced height and other concessions to unhappy neighbors, the Edge College Hill Two building won a conceptual...
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