The 407-unit housing complex will sit west of Veterans Memorial Parkway on the Providence River in East Providence; it includes new public waterfront access.
The proposed Kettle Point residential development received unanimous approval from the East Providence Waterfront Commission at a public hearing on Tuesday evening. Now the 407-unit complex -- a combination of rental apartments and condominiums for sale -- moves on for review before three state agencies: transportation, environmental management, and the Coastal Resources Management Council. A final public hearing before the East Providence Planning Board also is necessary because of a loop road that runs through the “major subdivision.” That board had given a prior approval for its consistency with the city’s Comprehensive Plan. And the developer, Churchill & Banks of Providence, must go before the City Council to get approval for “tax-…
Waterfront Commission Chairman William Fazioli offers a look from the inside at the urban-revitalization effort in East Providence.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Established in 2004 by special state-approved enabling legislation, the East Providence Waterfront Commission’s overarching goal has been to facilitate the transformation of the East Providence waterfront into a model of urban revitalization. Nearly 10 years later, the Commission has demonstrated a proven track record of promoting a variety of economic development activities that have made substantial impacts to our City. First, from a residential perspective, the Ross Commons project in Rumford is a wonderful story of “smart growth”; second, in terms of commercial activity, the Commission successfully worked with Aspen Aerogels, a leading high-skill manufacturer of ultra-thin aerogel insulation, to establish their primary facility at an…