The City of Providence, in partnership with the community, is preparing a vision plan for the area along the Woonasquatucket River from Paragon Mills to Providence Place Mall– including portions of the City’s Olneyville, Valley, and Smith Hill neighborhoods. Funded by a brownfields grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Providence will work with community partners to plan for the thoughtful redevelopment of polluted industrial sites to stimulate economic development that benefits Providence residents, and strengthen environmental and social resilience in the Project Area. The Vision Plan will be used to guide and prioritize the many investments planned and underway in the Project Area, determine other needed investments, visualize what desirable reinvestment looks like, and advocate and secure resources for implementation.
In close collaboration with residents and community partners in South Providence, the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development is creating a community-led vision for the future of Broad Street and the Saint Joseph’s property. To gather community feedback for the vision, the City is attending community events, conducting door-to-door canvassing, and hosting a series of “community conversations.” The input received through these activities will guide the vision for Broad Street and help solve specific challenges and opportunities identified by community members.
Dike Street Special Area Plan
In 2016, the City of Providence launched a Special Area Plan to improve the area surrounding Dike Street, just south of Olneyville Square. Building upon previous planning efforts for this area, the Special Area Plan will be shaped by input from local residents, businesses, and property owners. Together, we will develop a vision and identify resources and actions needed to bring that vision to reality.
Thayer Street Planning Study
The Thayer Street Planning Study was commissioned by the City of Providence, Department of Planning & Development, at the request of the Providence City Council, and supported by funding from Brown University. The request for the study was driven, in part, by the community’s reaction to a private development proposal for a new multifamily housing development at 257 Thayer Street, which received final approval from both the City Plan Commission and the Providence City Council in November 2012. The study area comprises 29 acres and over 90 businesses that are bounded to the north by Lloyd Avenue, to the east by Hope Street, to the south by Waterman Street, and to the west by the rear lot line of the parcels that front the western side of Thayer Street. Planning Department staff worked in partnership with a consultant team and a representative stakeholder committee to direct the focus of the study, and the development of implementation strategies that address regulatory concerns, identify public realm improvements and guide long-term development.
Providence Downtown and Knowledge District Plan
This study area comprises Downtown Providence, including Downcity and the Jewelry District, and the area of Upper South Providence around Rhode Island Hospital. The most detailed study was conducted on the area south of Pine Street (the “Knowledge District”) because of the growing cluster of knowledge-based uses and large amounts of vacant land available for infill development. Despite being bisected by Interstate 95, the two halves of the Knowledge District are intricately connected due to the presence of institutional and research facilities in the Jewelry District and in the hospital campuses. The plan strives to establish an inspirational vision that will spur investment and facilitate new growth and prosperity in Providence.
IBM Smarter Cities Challenge (SCC)
The Smarter Cities Challenge aims to help cities become smarter- using instrumentation, interconnection, and intelligence to provide a coordinated response to events in their cities. Seizing the opportunity to revitalize the City and attract new investment, Mayor Taveras challenged the IBM Smarter Cities team to create actionable recommendations for a new data-driven land-use management system. The aim was to create a system that would efficiently and effectively promote the robust development of the City within and beyond the Knowledge District. To this end, the IBM team set about identifying some of the potential barriers to progress, to enable the City of Providence to plan for transformational change and fully exploit its new potential.