Colin Kane

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Governor Gina Raimondo moved Wednesday to put her imprint on the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, naming six nominees for the panel. Her picks include making Joseph F. Azrack of Little Compton, who owns a real estate-oriented investment/advisory company, chairman of the commission.

Only one of seven previous commissioners, Barrett Bready, will remain after Raimondo's redesign of the commission.

Raimondo's other nominees are as follows:

·         Robert C. Davis of South Kingstown

·         Elizabeth (Beppie) Huidekoper of Providence

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Proposals are in for developments that could go up on acres of land opening up for redevelopment in downtown Providence.  The land was freed up by a major highway project that involved moving I-195.  Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Colin Kane, the director of the I-195 Commission.  The group has been charged with overseeing the development of the land.  Kane discussed the progress made since the project broke ground about a year ago, and where they hope to go.

The Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU says the 195 Commission should err on the side of transparency in releasing information to the public. The commission held a number of votes in a closed session Monday without describing what they were about. A spokeswoman for the commission says it has received several proposals for land made available by the relocation of Interstate 195.

Rhode Island ACLU head Steve Brown said the 195 commission appears to be within its legal rights by not releasing more information about its votes before signing a letter of intent.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

Colin Kane, chairman of the I-195 redevelopment commission, joins us on Bonus Q+A to talk about development, Providence, and what's next for the land made available by the relocation of Interstate 195.

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Colin Kane, chairman of the I-195 Redevelopment Commission, joins the Roundtable this week to talk about what's next for the land made available by the relocation of I-195, debate over the future of the state Economic Development Corporation, and other topics.