Construction of The Shack begins in Interstate 195 Redevelopment District

CONSTRUCTION OF THE SHACK, an outdoor venue to support The Shop in Fox Point, has begun in downtown Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD
CONSTRUCTION OF THE SHACK, an outdoor venue to support The Shop in Fox Point, has begun in downtown Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

PROVIDENCE – Construction of the temporary popup The Shack, a partnership led by the owners of The Shop in Fox Point, has begun in the southern portion of Parcel 22 in the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District.

The project involves a food concession, event venue and public space, and is intended to inject life into a sometimes-barren looking expanse of vacant land.

The project involves owners of The Shop, a coffee shop and café at 460 Wickenden St., as well as Dune Brothers Seafood, landscape architect Design Under Sky, and the event and creative marketing company Stay Silent PVD.

A RENDERING of The Shack shows what the project will look like when completed. / COURTESY I-195 REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
A RENDERING of The Shack shows what the project will look like when completed. / COURTESY I-195 REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

The Shack is expected to be open for lunch and dinner year-round and is envisioned as a seafood hut that will feature sustainably sourced New England seafood dishes. It is located in front of 1 Ship St.

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In a recent meeting, the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission agreed to spend $350,000 in district redevelopment funds to establish the temporary food concession, install artwork at 1 Ship St. and temporary outdoor furnishings.

The venue is considered temporary, as a placeholder until permanent development is erected in the district. The installation is expected to be in place for about two years, according to an overview published by the I-195 district commission.

Mary MacDonald is a PBN staff writer. Contact her at macdonald@pbn.com or follow on Twitter at MaryF_MacDonald.