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Rail~Volution 2014 
Eds and Meds: Leveraging Anchor Institutions to Create Community
PROVIDENCE - 
THE “CREATIVE CAPITAL” 
Source: City of Providence 
World-renowned institutions of higher educationRegional ...
Serves 45,000 daily RIPTA riders at Kennedy Plaza and is a 5-7 minute walk to Providence Station 
Serves theaters, cultura...
Serves 45,000 daily RIPTA riders at Kennedy Plaza and is a 5-7 minute walk to Providence Station 
Serves theaters, cultura...
PROJECTTIMELINE 
2006-2007 
•Transit 2020 Coalition 
2008-2009 
•Metro Transit Study 
2010-2011 
•Providence Core Connecto...
Brown University 
Rhode Island School of Design 
Johnson & Wales University 
Rhode Island Hospital / Hasbro Children’s Hos...
“THE LINK” –I-195 REDEVELOPMENT AREA 
Before removal of I-195 
$610M project to relocate I-195 
• 
Address safety 
• 
Repl...
“THE LINK” –I-195 REDEVELOPMENT AREA 
After removal of I-195 
• 
20 acres of new land for redevelopment 
• 
Reconnection o...
“THE LINK” –I-195 REDEVELOPMENT AREA 
Support for redevelopment 
• 
I-195 Redevelopment Commission established 
• 
Develop...
NEW MEDS AND EDS DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE ROUTE 
Brown University 
• 
Growth in Jewelry District to complement main College H...
NEW MEDS AND EDS DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE ROUTE 
South Street Landing (opening 2016) 
• 
Rehabilitation of former power stati...
NEW MEDS AND EDS DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE ROUTE 
Johnson & Wales University 
• 
Purchased additional property in Jewelry Dist...
WHY SHOULDTHE INSTITUTIONS CARE ABOUT STREETCAR? 
• 
Direct impacts to institution 
• 
Connectivity 
• 
Operations 
• 
Att...
INSTITUTIONALPARTNERSHIPS 
• 
Institutions have participated in planning from the outset 
• 
Opportunities to reduce or el...
WHAT’S NEXT? 
• 
Establish roles and responsibilities for institutional partnerships 
o 
Design 
o 
Outreach 
o 
Marketing...
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RV 2014: Eds and Meds- Leveraging Anchor Institutions to Build Community

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Eds and Meds: Leveraging Anchor Institutions to Create Community

Educational institutions and medical facilities are engaging in regional transformation. Traditionally, these organizations have been rather inward looking, examining growth through the prism of available real estate. That approach is changing, with new collaborative relationships geared towards potential growth in the organizations and the region. Already dominant employers in their regions, these organizations are anchored to and invested in their surrounding neighborhoods. Learn how the meds and eds are stretching outside their comfort zones to transform their neighborhoods through collaboration. Hear how they are engaged in planning high-quality, direct and attractive public transit services to connect institutions, job centers and adjacent neighborhoods. Finally, see how recent collaborations spanned sectors -- what strategies worked and what didn’t.
Moderator: Ian Druce, Director, Head of Canadian Business, Steer Davies Gleave, Vancouver, British Columbia
Brett Wallace, Senior Supervising Planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Charlotte, North Carolina
Ellen Watters, Co-Leader, Central Corridor Anchor Partnership, St. Paul, Minnesota
Jamie M. Kendrick, Project Planner, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, Maryland

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RV 2014: Eds and Meds- Leveraging Anchor Institutions to Build Community

  1. 1. 1 Rail~Volution 2014 Eds and Meds: Leveraging Anchor Institutions to Create Community
  2. 2. PROVIDENCE - THE “CREATIVE CAPITAL” Source: City of Providence World-renowned institutions of higher educationRegional centers of healthcare and researchStrong creative class of artists and entrepreneursDense core of employment, medical, educational, and cultural facilitiesProvidence’s unemployment rate of 11.2% is nearly twice the national averageTremendous redevelopment opportunity from the relocation of I-195 2
  3. 3. Serves 45,000 daily RIPTA riders at Kennedy Plaza and is a 5-7 minute walk to Providence Station Serves theaters, cultural venues, the Central Library, the Convention Center, and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Serves Brown Univ., the state’s second largest employment center, a historic residential neighborhood, and primary commercial street Links the new Brown Medical School to RI Hospital and College Hill while serving development in the emerging I-195 District Serves nearly 10,000 people at the state’s largest employment hub in the Hospital District 1 2 3 4 5 STREETCAR OVERVIEW Source: City of Providence 3
  4. 4. Serves 45,000 daily RIPTA riders at Kennedy Plaza and is a 5-7 minute walk to Providence Station Serves theaters, cultural venues, the Central Library, the Convention Center, and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Serves Brown Univ., the state’s second largest employment center, a historic residential neighborhood, and primary commercial street Links the new Brown Medical School to RI Hospital and College Hill while serving development in the emerging I-195 District Serves nearly 10,000 people at the state’s largest employment hub in the Hospital District 1 2 3 4 5 STREETCAR OVERVIEW Source: City of Providence 4
  5. 5. PROJECTTIMELINE 2006-2007 •Transit 2020 Coalition 2008-2009 •Metro Transit Study 2010-2011 •Providence Core Connector Study 2012-2014 •Building support 2014 •TIGER VI grant received ($13M) 2018 •Anticipated opening date 5
  6. 6. Brown University Rhode Island School of Design Johnson & Wales University Rhode Island Hospital / Hasbro Children’s Hospital Women and Infants’ Hospital URI / Rhode Island College Nursing School (future) Community College of Rhode Island 1 2 3 4 5 EDS AND MEDS ON THE ROUTE 6 7 1234567 6
  7. 7. “THE LINK” –I-195 REDEVELOPMENT AREA Before removal of I-195 $610M project to relocate I-195 • Address safety • Replace aging infrastructure • Reduce traffic congestion • Create new land for redevelopment Source: City of Providence 7
  8. 8. “THE LINK” –I-195 REDEVELOPMENT AREA After removal of I-195 • 20 acres of new land for redevelopment • Reconnection of city street grid • Focus on job growth in knowledge-based industries, including life sciences, health care, research and development Source: City of Providence 8
  9. 9. “THE LINK” –I-195 REDEVELOPMENT AREA Support for redevelopment • I-195 Redevelopment Commission established • Development Framework created • New Zoning Code adopted • Parcels are “pad-ready” • Currently accepting proposals for development Source: City of Providence 9
  10. 10. NEW MEDS AND EDS DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE ROUTE Brown University • Growth in Jewelry District to complement main College Hill campus • New Jewelry District developments o Alpert Medical School o Ship Street Square o Administrative offices College Hill Jewelry District Source: Brown University 10
  11. 11. NEW MEDS AND EDS DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE ROUTE South Street Landing (opening 2016) • Rehabilitation of former power station • Univ. of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College shared nursing program • Brown University administrative space • Apartments for graduate, medical, and nursing students • Space for start-ups and small technology-based companies • Retail space Source: University of Rhode Island 11
  12. 12. NEW MEDS AND EDS DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE ROUTE Johnson & Wales University • Purchased additional property in Jewelry District o Planning new academic building on former I-195 land • Renovated existing building to house new Physician Assistant Studies program Source: DBVW Architects 12
  13. 13. WHY SHOULDTHE INSTITUTIONS CARE ABOUT STREETCAR? • Direct impacts to institution • Connectivity • Operations • Attractiveness • Broader impacts to region • Mobility • Economic development • Livability The benefits of this grant to the metropolitan region would extend well beyond the transportation sector. It would enhance the knowledge economy corridor in the Jewelry District, promote economic development, create jobs, improve the environment and the quality of life for thousands of people. - Russell Carey - Executive Vice President, Brown University Source: Brown University Source: Brown University 13
  14. 14. INSTITUTIONALPARTNERSHIPS • Institutions have participated in planning from the outset • Opportunities to reduce or eliminate private shuttle services • Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital contributed to local matching funds for planning grant • Proposed funding plan includes a special assessment district on tax-exempt institutions Source: Anne Galbraith 14
  15. 15. WHAT’S NEXT? • Establish roles and responsibilities for institutional partnerships o Design o Outreach o Marketing o Operations • Refine and confirm participation in funding o Review potential means of participating o Obtain firm commitments Source: RIPTA 15

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