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THE ESTIMATED COST of the Tidewater Landing project has increased from $284 million to $344 million, and Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien and the developer are looking for the state to rework a tax increment financing deal to help make up the gap. / COURTESY FORTUITOUS PARTNERS

In Pawtucket, a feeling of déjà vu with Tidewater Landing?

Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien says the merits of the financially troubled Tidewater Landing project should be enough to persuade the R.I. Commerce Corp....
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...
REBIRTH? Jan Brodie, executive director of the Pawtucket Foundation, stands outside an abandoned industrial building at Conant and Pine streets in Pawtucket that city officials hope will be part of the redevelopment envisioned around a commuter rail and bus station scheduled to be finished in 2022. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Industrial area on cusp of revival in Pawtucket

When Eric DaRosa’s family opened North East Knitting Inc. on Conant Street in Pawtucket, the neighborhood was in rough shape. Many of the historic mill...

I-195 commission taking applications for executive director

PROVIDENCE – The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission is accepting applications for executive director through the end of August. The position is responsible for directing and...
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HIGHWAY RELOCATION: Shown at right are the East Side parcels of developable land in the 40-acre Interstate 195 Redevelopment District of Providence. The district was created after the original Interstate 195, seen at far left, was federally relocated more than 10 years ago.
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Despite questions, I-195 District on course

When Robert Davis, a longtime real estate lawyer, joined the board of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission in 2015, he’d talk to potential developers...
FRUSTRATED: Steven Porter, co-owner with his wife, Dawn, of Stillwater Books on Main Street in Pawtucket, said the decision of the Pawtucket Red Sox to move to Worcester, Mass., is a missed opportunity to “revitalize the downtown in one fell swoop,” adding the city will lose hundreds of thousands of potential visitors. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

After PawSox: What’s next for city?

Out the picture windows of his Pawtucket bookstore, Steven Porter can see what might have been. With a sweep of his hand, he identified the...
GROW SMART RHODE ISLAND will host a forum June 15 that will focus on how Rhode Island can use public-private partnerships to advance transit-oriented development. / COURTESY GROW SMART RI

Grow Smart RI to host June forum on transit-oriented development

PROVIDENCE – The smart-growth nonprofit Grow Smart Rhode Island will host a forum in June on “Making Transit-Oriented Development Work for Rhode Island.” The June...
THE OCEAN INNO Tech Fest 2018 on May 10 at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket will feature virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics and professional drone racing. / COURTESY CITY OF PAWTUCKET

Ocean Inno Tech Fest 2018 to highlight future of innovation

PAWTUCKET – Ocean Inno Tech Fest 2018 was announced earlier this month at its official launch, a collaborative project between the city of Pawtucket,...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five questions with Jan Brodie

 Jan Brodie | Executive director, The Pawtucket Foundation 1. What is the model for the transit-oriented development district around the commuter rail station expected in...
GHOST TOWN: With few shoppers or passersby on the sidewalks, even during weekday hours, Main Street in downtown Pawtucket resembles more of a ghost town than an active city center. City officials hope a new train station and a new ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox will lead to further development. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pawtucket leaders think they finally have a plan to jump-start development....

Years of promises and waiting for new economic opportunities have made some residents and business owners jaundiced about a Pawtucket turnaround. If the so-called Ballpark...

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