Construction of downtown Providence parking garage to begin this week
By Kate Bramson
Journal Staff Writer
CV Properties says work will affect commuters with lane and sidewalk closures
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — CV Properties of Boston will begin construction this week of its 744-space parking garage just northwest of its renovation work to turn an old power station into the South Street Landing project.
The work requires a lane and sidewalk closure for several hundred feet along Eddy Street that will affect motorists and pedestrians for nearly the entire year, CV Properties has announced. The closure is to ensure what CV Properties called “proper separation between construction activity and traffic.”
Beginning Thursday, one of two northbound lanes on Eddy Street will close — from just north of South Street to the intersection of Ship and Eddy streets. The street is expected to remain closed until construction is completed in December 2016.
“We recognize the impact this lane closure may have on commuters traveling into the Jewelry District and downtown Providence and ask for the public’s patience during the construction process,” said Eric Cote, spokesman for CV Properties, LLC. “Motorists may wish to consider alternative routes or allow for additional time when traveling in the area.”
The $220-million South Street Landing project is expected to house Brown University administrative offices and a shared nursing education center for the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College in the renovated power station. Plus, the project includes the parking garage to the power station’s northwest and the River House project just south of the main buildings, across South Street.
The River House consists of two new seven-story buildings, which are expected to be built once the garage is completed. Along Point Street and the Providence River, those buildings will include 174 apartment units for Brown University graduate students and others. In all, they’re expected to include 270 beds to accommodate residents. The ground floor is expected to house a cafe or restaurant.
The parking garage is expected to accommodate tenants in the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center, the Brown University administrative offices at South Street Landing and tenants of Davol Square. Those working and doing business at Davol Square now park in the surface parking lot where River House will be built.
CV Properties, which is developing the project with Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty company, offers updates about the construction project online at www.southstreetlanding.com.