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THE TURKS HEAD BUILDING, right, is at the heart of what was once a thriving financial district in Providence. PBN FILE PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

Is I-195 land a drain on downtown?

Some new projects on the former Interstate 195 land have heightened concerns about incentives that favor new development in certain areas of Providence at...

Mayoral primary victor Brett Smiley now focused on transition

PROVIDENCE – Less than 24 hours out from their hard-won primary victories, state and local candidates are gearing up for general election races. However, not...
LASTING MARK? Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, who cannot run in November for another term, is hopeful a renovated Industrial Trust Co. Building will add to the vibrancy of Kennedy Plaza, which the city is eying for a $140 million overhaul. / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

TO THE RESCUE? ‘Superman’ building project could key downtown recovery

The Industrial Trust Co. Building holds a towering place in Neil D. Steinberg’s memory. He started his banking career there nearly half a century ago,...
LIFTOFF: Jaia Robotics LLC owner Ian Estaphan Owen launches one of his company’s aquatic robots in Narragansett Bay. Newport-based Jaia could be a benefactor if the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation’s proposal to boost the blue economy is named a winner in the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

EYES ON THE PRIZE: 2 key R.I. sectors could get $100M...

Ian Estaphan Owen launched a marine robotics company less than two years ago with the aim of helping combat the effects of climate change. But...

Contested downtown multihub bus plan scrapped

PROVIDENCE - State officials have quietly scrapped a contested plan to split up the central downtown bus hub across three locations, appearing to move...
THE STATE IS IN HEAVY NEGOTIATIONS on a deal that "has legs" to redevelop the Industrial Trust Co. Building in downtown Providence into residential units, according to Gov. Daniel J. McKee. / PBN FILE PHOTO

McKee: ‘Heavy’ negotiations ongoing for Superman building, proposal ‘has legs’

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island officials said they are currently engaged in serious negotiations with the owner of the Industrial Trust Co. Building – Rhode...

Alternative downtown bus hub plan gains support amid continued delays in...

PROVIDENCE – More public input was the reason state transportation officials said in April that they were pumping the brakes on a contested plan...
DECISION PAYING DIVIDENDS: Manny Tampella, manager of La Masseria restaurant in East Greenwich, says the Main Street eatery is experiencing its “best year ever,” helped in part by the traditionally dine-in restaurant’s decision to start offering takeout meals. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I.’s resilient downtowns: Main Streets across the state scarred but ready...

In downtown Pawtucket, a bookstore reinvented itself by beefing up its online presence and ramping up services for fledgling authors looking to self-publish their...
KENNEDY PLAZA in downtown Providence has been the focal point of much debate about the future of the high-profile public space. Most recently, a battle has been brewing over closed public bathrooms at the bus terminal in the plaza. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Bathroom dispute highlights uncertainty about Kennedy Plaza’s future

The public bathrooms in Kennedy Plaza have become the latest touchstone over what should happen at the transit hub in downtown Providence. Closed to the...

Providence Foundation voices concerns, asks for more time on city TSA...

PROVIDENCE – As the City Council prepares to take its second, and final, vote on more stringent requirements for developers whose projects receive city...
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