The Providence Knowledge District            Bonnie Nickerson, AICP, City of Providence  Christopher Bull, Senior Research...
Interstate 195 Relocation                            2
New Parcelization
Waterfront Parks and Pedestrian Bridge                       4
Vacant & Underutilized Land                              5
Downtown-Knowledge District                              6
Concept 1: Riverfront Expansion                                  7
Concept 2: Green Link                        8
Concept 3: Interactive Place                               9
Concept 4: Health Science Campus                                   10
Concept 5: Blended Edge                          11
Concept 6: New Providence Gateway                                    12
Downtown-Knowledge District Development Framework                                                    13
Revised Zoning Regulations                             14
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  • West side – 14 developable acres, 6 acre park East side – 5 developable acres, 3 acres of park landRestore the historic street grid
  • Surplus land
  • Knowledge District is 360 acres37% is vacant or underutilized landBoundary includes part of Downtown and part of upper south providence neighbohroodThe large amount of vacant land is the greatest opportunity for growth of the ‘knowledge economy’ – requires more space for the types of uses in knowledge industriesExpansion for existing businesses too
  • Showing the knowledge district in context with the rest of downtown providence and surrounding neighborhoodsShows street network, existing buildings and surface parking lotsCore of jewelry district – urban development / mixed use neighborhoodHighway represents a major barrier between downtown and hospital area - major challenge – very limited cross highway connectionsHospital area – more of a suburban development model – lots of large parking lots to serve hosiptal uses
  • The six development concepts begin to frame the basis of the development strategy for the KDThey build on past planning effortsContinuing the riverfront expansion southContinuous riverfront walkway Mixed use development on the few possible sites – setback from the waters edge
  • A green spineWill provide clear connects east-west through the districtDeep setback along clifford street – easments that will allow for landscaping/and a unified pathway through signage, lighting, special pavingBuilding on the connections from India Point Park, along the waterfront park, ped bridge and west side waterfront park – across the highway and south through the hospital district.
  • Preserve the mixed use core of the jewelry district coreEncourage infill development – small scale, matching scale and character of existing buildingsStrengthen north south connections
  • Develop surface parking lotsImprove hospital campus with better circulationGateway treatments to campusReconnect streetsFocus on the new life sciences developments in blue areas on the map
  • Develop parking lotsNew retail focus in redProvide a better transition to the surrounding residential neighborhood
  • Red dots – areas for signature buildings – land mark developments – could support greater height in these areasProvide sense of arrival for motorists on I95Help frame and define the district
  • Snap shot of land use – buildoutUrban neighborhoodKnowledge industry uses – education, biotech labs, research, engineering, design, etc. Mixed use commercial / residentialCommercial development / office hotel /retail / restaurantResidential development Open space What does all of this mean for utilities – have an assessment of existing conditions, and building projections of impacts of these uses on utility load and what upgrades are needed where.
  • New zones created in the project – based on the six development concepts – way of implementing those concepts. Zoning timeframe195 commission as regulatory body for the 195 parcelsDRC body for the JDCPC body for the hospital area Proscriptive in the regulationsZoning will be a combination of form based and performance basedPrimary and secondary streets will be continued as in downcityAdministrative review where possible – series of check offs – projects go to review body when seeking additional development capacity, etc.
  • The Providence Knowledge District

    1. 1. The Providence Knowledge District Bonnie Nickerson, AICP, City of Providence Christopher Bull, Senior Research Engineer, Brown University Dr. Eric Balles, Director of Energy Sources, Draper Laboratory
    2. 2. Interstate 195 Relocation 2
    3. 3. New Parcelization
    4. 4. Waterfront Parks and Pedestrian Bridge 4
    5. 5. Vacant & Underutilized Land 5
    6. 6. Downtown-Knowledge District 6
    7. 7. Concept 1: Riverfront Expansion 7
    8. 8. Concept 2: Green Link 8
    9. 9. Concept 3: Interactive Place 9
    10. 10. Concept 4: Health Science Campus 10
    11. 11. Concept 5: Blended Edge 11
    12. 12. Concept 6: New Providence Gateway 12
    13. 13. Downtown-Knowledge District Development Framework 13
    14. 14. Revised Zoning Regulations 14

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