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WITH POTENTIAL BUDGET DEFICITS looming in the coming years, business leaders say they understand why Gov. Daniel J. McKee's $13.7 billion budget proposal doesn't contain grand plans to provide relief for businesses in the state but instead chips away at certain areas. / PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

McKee’s budget proposal not ‘sweeping’ but seen as helping business

As the General Assembly prepares to consider Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s proposed fiscal 2025 budget, observers say his proposals to help small businesses may...
RHODE ISLAND OFFICIALS seemed set on building a bus hub on Dorrance Street in Providence, but now Gov. Daniel J. McKee says officials are considering a location in the I-195 Redevelopment District. / RENDERING COURTESY OF UNION STUDIO ARCHITECTURE AND COMMUNITY DESIGN

Concerns over economic impact of potential new site for transit center

Gov. Daniel J. McKee's revelation that state officials are considering a new Providence location for a proposed bus hub has touched off criticism from...
OPEN SPACE: 
Meliza ­Urquhart, community manager at Paragon Mill in Providence, shows one of the new units offered at “workforce” rates for people who earn between 80% and 120% of the area’s median income. Demand in that slice of the housing market is far beyond the supply. 
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MICHAEL SALERNO

MAKING ROOM In the MIDDLE: R.I. struggles to create workforce housing,...

For nursing assistant Johnbray Brown, moving into a workforce-rate unit in the renovated Paragon Mill in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood was a hard-won victory spanning...

Can Pryor achieve housing goals?

The recent appointment of Stefan Pryor as the state’s housing secretary has some observers feeling confident that he can take the R.I. Office of...

Community groups call for state to quit stalling on bicycle, transit...

PROVIDENCE – Advocates are pressuring state leaders to put the pedal to the metal on expanding public transit and bicycle paths across the state. Nearly...

Commerce at crossroads: How will the gubernatorial election change R.I.’s economic...

Gov. Daniel J. McKee was in his element as he strolled along Main Street in East Greenwich one afternoon in July. It was another stop...
THE CONVERSION of the historic Pontiac Mills in Warwick into residential and commercial space is one of the projects that received state historic tax credits over the years. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Advocates of R.I. Historic Tax Credit pleased with $28M allocation, worried...

Advocates for the Rhode Island Historic Tax Credit program are applauding lawmakers for allocating $28 million for the program in the fiscal 2023 state...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION would like to add a second platform and new track for an Amtrak stop at Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport, but not everyone agrees that spending $247 million on it is wise. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Proposed $247M Amtrak station at Warwick airport draws mixed reaction

A proposed Amtrak stop at Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport has public transit advocates and members of the business community divided over whether...
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Rebooting historic tax credit is smart move

A recent PBN article (“Textile mill renovations now paying dividends,” June 25) highlighted five mill-conversion projects in Rhode Island, former massive and abandoned industrial...
REBUILD READY: From left, Mark Van Noppen, CEO of RCG Armory LLC, architect Jack Ryan and Seth Zeren, principal of RCG Armory, stand in the room of a former nursing home at 31 Parade St. in Providence. Armory purchased the building a few years ago and will use Rebuild Rhode Island tax credits to turn it into 12 apartments. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Raimondo reengineered Commerce RI, but its true test may be yet...

Few would dispute that Rhode Island is in better shape economically than it was five years ago when Gov. Gina M. Raimondo began her...
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