The old South Street power station in Providence’s jewelry district has been vacant for well over a decade. But it’s about to get a facelift and a new life in the state’s higher education system.
Brown University has announced plans to re-develop the century-old South Street power station, also known as the Dynamo House, into a shared nursing education center and administrative offices. The nursing center will be part of the joint nursing school run by the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. The administrative offices will be used by Brown.
The CEO of the Girl Scouts of America will be in Warwick Thursday to help the local council celebrate the opening of its new headquarters. It will provide more than just office space.
The sign on the Charles Street building in Providence still says “Girl Scouts of Rhode Island” but they haven’t been there in weeks. The organization has moved to the old Ski Mart building on Greenwich Avenue in Warwick. Jean McGrane, CEO of the Rhode Island council of the Girl Scouts, said it gives them twice as much space as they had in Providence.
The owner of the vacant Industrial Trust Building -- aka the Superman Building -- submitted a bid in response to a state RFP for 70,000 to 80,000 square feet of office space.
Bill Fischer, a spokesman for High Rock Development, says the bid was submitted in time for a June 3 deadline. "We wanted to keep any and all options open," Fischer says. "We did respond," even though High Rock continues to believe that a residential conversion offers the best future for the historic structure.
The City of Providence is teaming with Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to spruce up 17 bus shelters along 2 major bus routes. City art, tourism and planning officials will search for artists and artist groups with experience in public art design.
Artists are asked to generate concepts based on North Main Street’s history or Broad Street’s multicultural heritage. Besides these renovations, the city states that the “artwork will reflect the unique characteristics of the neighborhoods along each route.”
The public is invited to comment Tuesday on a proposed rate increase by the Providence Water Supply Board. Because Providence sells its water to other municipalities, the rate increase would affect residents in nearly 60 percent of the state.
It’s the first rate hike in four years, and for city residents it means a 24 percent increase. The water board says that’s an additional $6.00 for the average customer.
For the cities of Warwick and East Providence, and for the Kent County and Bristol County water authorities, rates would go up 32 percent.
The Justice Department calls this “a new day” for the Rhode Islanders with developmental disabilities that were moved into segregated workshops and paid well below what they should have earned. The Department of Justice has settled with the state and city of Providence in a case involving some 200 workers.
A new, upscale flea market is attracting crowds to downtown Providence on Sundays; it’s not your typical flea market.
You won’t find tube socks or cheap baubles at the Providence Flea. Pleasantly situated on the Providence River Greenway overlooking the city skyline, the flea market features vendors who sell antiques and collectibles, vintage clothing and unique handmade objects. It was founded by Maria Tocco, a top advisor to Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts.
If there is one government service most Rhode Islanders take for granted, it’s the drinking water that flows from our faucets. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that may not be the case in the future.
One of Rhode Island’s grand assets is the millions of gallons of water that flows every day from the Scituate Reservoir to the sinks, bubblers and bathtubs that serve 60 percent of our state. In a state with a serious inferiority complex about so much, our water is the boast of a small state.