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NEIGHBORHOOD PRIDE: Olin Thompson, a ­Jewelry District resident and amateur historian, points to the architectural features on a stone building at 110 Elm St. that was once a foundry and is now leased by Brown University for administrative and medical offices. 
PBN PHOTO/CLAUDIA CHIAPPA

Brown’s land of opportunity: University’s expansion is welcomed but is school...

Olin Thompson’s Jewelry District walking tour begins at the corner of Richmond and Ship streets in Providence, on a plaza covered in stepped, wooden...

195 district commission is shifting its development focus

The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission turns 12 years old this year, and its leaders agree: it’s time for a change of direction. After contributing to...
RORY'S MARKET & KITCHEN has opened on Washington Street in downtown Providence, where there has been a lack of retail food stores for years. PBN PHOTO/WILLIAM HAMILTON

An answer to downtown’s grocery store needs?

The COVID-19 pandemic may have altered the use of downtown districts throughout the country, but two grocery businesses are betting it hasn’t changed the...
A PROPOSED WAYLAND SQUARE mixed-use residential project is favoring bicycles instead of parking spaces, but the Providence City Plan Commission still has questions about the plans. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION

Lack of parking at proposed projects stirring debate

More and more frequently, proposals for new apartment buildings in Providence are including less and less on-site parking, and that’s perfectly fine with some...
A BILL INTRODUCED by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, D-Providence, that would give greater power to the state to direct projects on state-owned land, will now move to the Senate for a vote. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ruggerio eyes speedier development

The power of cities and towns to block, or even shape, development they don’t like could be dramatically altered under an economic-development bill introduced...

Despite false start, transformation of Jewelry District taking shape

On a recent gray, autumn afternoon, early rush-hour traffic was backing up along Point Street in the old Jewelry District in downtown Providence. Most...
BUSY DEVELOPER: Arnold “Buff” Chace is the managing partner for Cornish Associates LP, which has several ongoing projects in downtown Providence, including three historical buildings on Westminster Street that are being renovated into apartments/retail. Chace stands in front of one of the properties, The Peerless Building at 150 Union St.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Despite some permitting improvements, developers often ‘going nowhere fast’ in Providence

The developer of a riverfront hotel proposed for Providence gained initial approval from the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission a year ago, giving him clearance...

Construction begins on new apartment building in Jewelry District

PROVIDENCE – A groundbreaking ceremony for Chestnut Commons was held recently, signaling the beginning of construction on the $33 million project. The mixed-use development will...

I-195 Redevelopment District Commission sells Parcel 30 for $752K

PROVIDENCE - A parcel of vacant land in the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District has been sold for $751,837, the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission announced...
A RENDERING OF the revised design of Chestnut Commons, a new residential and commercial building planned for the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District. The updated design was approved by the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District Commission, as a result of efforts to reduce costs. /COURTESY INTERSTATE 195 REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT COMMISSION

I-195 Commission approves revised design for Chestnut Commons

PROVIDENCE – Chestnut Commons, a new residential and commercial building planned for the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District, has a revised design. The project planned for...
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