Temporary parking lot to be created for Wexford Science & Technology tenants

AT THE CONSTRUCTION site of the Wexford Innovation Center in Providence are, from left, Dan Bagnall, project supervisor, Shawmut Design and Construction; Beverly Smith, client service manager, Shawmut; Sean Lee Burgo, project director for construction, Wexford Science & Technology; and Chi Yik, project manager, Shawmut. A parcel of land in the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District will be converted to temporary parking for tenants of the Wexford center, scheduled to open by June. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
AT THE CONSTRUCTION site of the Wexford Innovation Center in Providence are, from left, Dan Bagnall, project supervisor, Shawmut Design and Construction; Beverly Smith, client service manager, Shawmut; Sean Lee Burgo, project director for construction, Wexford Science & Technology; and Chi Yik, project manager, Shawmut. A parcel of land in the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District will be converted to temporary parking for tenants of the Wexford center, scheduled to open by June. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PROVIDENCE – A parcel of land in the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District will be converted to temporary parking for tenants of the Wexford Science & Technology center, which is scheduled to open by June 2019.

The Wexford building will open six months before construction of the state-owned Garrahy parking garage is completed, and the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission is required to provide Wexford tenants with parking.

In a meeting Wednesday, the commission agreed to use up to $250,000 of the I-195 Redevelopment Project Fund to cover the expense of converting Parcel 28 to parking. The site will be restored once the Garrahy garage is open, said Peter McNally, the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission executive director.

The Garrahy project is expected to open early in 2020, he said.

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Parcel 28 could provide about 125 spaces for the Wexford center. Another I-195 property – Parcel 27 – was converted to parking this year for employees of the Garrahy Judicial Complex, whose surface parking was lost when construction of the new garage began.

Mary MacDonald is a staff writer for the PBN. Contact her at macdonald@pbn.com.

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