Roger Williams University is expanding its presence in Providence. The school is moving into the former home of 38 Studios.
One Empire Plaza is best known as the headquarters for the now defunct videogame company 38 Studios. The building will house the Roger Williams; center for continuing studies, graduate programs, and the Latino Policy Insititute. President Donald Farish said the new location will better serve adult and non-traditional students. “If we were doing things out of Bristol, we’d simply become inaccessible to huge portions of the state.”
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority expects Kennedy Plaza in Providence to be ready for regular bus service in mid-January.
The bus hub has been closed since the summer to accommodate safety and design improvements. RIPTA says the project is taking longer than expected because of some needed changes. The Kennedy Plaza improvements will include passenger-friendly shelters, lighted signage, trees, and automated ticketing machines.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is hosting a public meeting today to discuss the ongoing construction and proposed changes to the public bussing hub Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. There are some outspoken critics of the project.
The most vocal group, the RIPTA Riders Alliance says the project, which closes down some bus lanes, and relocates several bus stops is bad for passengers. They say the changes will make it harder for riders, especially those who are older or handicapped, to make their buses safely and on time.
The owner of the Superman Building in downtown Providence renewed his call Tuesday for a public-private partnership to revitalize the vacant skyscraper. But it remains unclear whether the state will provide $39 million in requested help.
It has become a Rhode Island cliché that Lincoln Chafee is a failed governor because he hasn’t done enough to create jobs in Rhode Island’s flagging economy. This notion has been driven relentlessly by talk radio shills and the editorial and news pages of the state’s legacy print media outlets, some of which are groping for relevance in a reshaped media environment.
A bill that would use $39 million in taxpayers’ money to revitalize the vacant Superman Building is slated for a Senate Finance committee hearing this Tuesday. Lawmakers have been lukewarm about using a public subsidy for the Providence skyscraper.
There may be new hope for the tallest building in Rhode Island. But efforts to rehab the so-called Superman building, in downtown Providence, failed just last year.
The 26 story building, built in 1928 went dark in April of last year, when its tenants, Bank of America, moved out. The owner, Massachusetts-based High Rock Development, proposed a plan to turn the office space into residences.
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.
This week Dave and Mark discuss the opening of the Arcade in downtown Providence and its significance for redevelopment of the downtown. They also analyze the record quarterly earnings of Washington Trust Bank, looking at how it happened and whether this is a model for other banks.