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.
Republican attorney general candidate Dawson Hodgson joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the ongoing probe involving former House speaker Gordon Fox; Hodgson's challenge to Democratic AG Peter Kilmartin; questions of confidentiality involving the development of former I-195 land; and other issues.
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.
The commission charting the redevelopment of about 20 acres made available by the relocation of Interstate 195 has hired an executive director. The vacant land is viewed as a source of economic growth in Providence.
Jan Brodie was chosen after the I-195 Commission conducted a six-month search. She’s due to start work as the commission’s executive director May 20th.