The Waterfront District development projects listed below have been completed in the past ten years and include new construction and major renovations.
University Orthopedics is an 82,500 square foot medical office building located within the Kettle Point mixed-use development project on Veterans Memorial Parkway. The building consolidates several University Orthopedics offices located throughout Rhode Island, includes over 225 employees, and offers state of the art medical and surgical services.
The former contaminated Brownfield site along Veterans Memorial Parkway is now a new neighborhood that generates economic value with public access to the waterfront. The neighborhood includes 5 four-story Class A apartment buildings as well as 62 condominiums. Improvements to the area include public walking trails with direct connection to the East Bay Bike Path and a 2.9-acre parcel including a 600-foot fishing pier donated to the city as a park.
Eaton Corporation, a critical manufacturer of components used in the aerospace industry, is leasing approximately 145,000 sf of the existing 340,000 sf building at 10 New Rd.
Eaton employs over 200 people at its East Providence facility and expect to add and additional fifty new employees in the next 3-5 years. Eaton Corporation opened in the East Providence Waterfront District in May of 2013. In September 2013 Eaton “adopted” the new Oldham School in East Providence, providing volunteers and funding for on-going school projects. The East Providence Waterfront Development District Commission was awarded $5 million in funding from the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration for renovations to the building that houses Eaton. The funding was part of a pool of funding that Senators Reed and Whitehouse helped to create to assist RI businesses that were hurt by the floods that devastated RI in March of 2010.
TOCKWOTTON ON THE WATERFRONT
Assisted Living and Nursing Center
Tockwotton on the Waterfront is a 156-unit assisted living facility with the look and feel of a seaside resort adjacent to Bold Point Park in the southern portion of the Waterfront District. The $52.2-million nursing and assisted living center replaces its existing 140-year old building in the Fox Point neighborhood of Providence. The five-story structure has three components: an assisted living area, a separate component for residents with Alzheimer’s or impaired memory problems, and a skilled nursing care unit. The Tockwotton Home is 138,000 square feet and employs 100 people on a budget of $8 million. Construction was completed in January of 2013.
Please see the Tockwotton website or call 401/272-5280 for more information.
BAER SUPPLY COMPANY
Located at 10 New Road in the Pawtucket Ave. Sub-District- is one of the nation’s leading specialty wholesale distributors to the woodworking industry. Phase 1 of the project- 90,000 square feet of warehouse space and 10,000 sf of office space- was completed in 2009. Phase II, a 50,000 sf addition, was completed in early 2012.
The site is approximately seven acres, located adjacent to the former Fram building. The new 100,000 square foot building houses 90,000 sf of warehouse and 10,000 sf of office space with associated parking areas. The building is served by a new rail spur by Providence & Worcester Rail Road. Baer Supply Company is one of the nation’s leading specialty wholesale distributors to the woodworking industry. They offer an extensive inventory of decorative and functional hardware and fittings, tools, shop supplies, surfacing materials, and board and panel products.
Baer Supply, acquired by the Wurth Group of Germany in 1997, is a multi-national distributor of fasteners, fittings and a wide variety of industrial products and is the world’s largest fastener distribution. They have over 300 member companies in 80 countries on five continents.
Ross Commons was the first of the City’s waterfront projects to receive City and State permits, including approval from the Waterfront District Commission. The approximately $6 million project was developed by the Peregrine Development Group and New England Construction entails the construction of 54 condominiums consisting of one- and two-bedrooms, as well as 4,000 square feet of office space on four acres at the northwest corner of Bourne and Roger Williams Avenues. Six of the condominium units are priced as “affordable,” as required by the Waterfront Development District Plan. The project started construction in October of 2004; the majority of the units are now occupied.
SKY ZONE INDOOR TRAMPOLINE PARK
Jump City Providence LLC is a 25,000 square foot indoor trampoline park located in an existing building at 70 Pawtucket Ave. It features linked trampolines for open jumping, fitness classes, corporate events, team play and birthday parties. Sky Zone has hired approximately forty-six full- and part time employees, including four managers. The project received approval from the Waterfront Commission and opened in December 2012. Since opening, Sky Zone has donated hundreds of free passes to local youth and community groups and has spent tens of thousands of dollars on services provided by other East Providence businesses.
ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.
A nanotechnology company headquartered outside Boston, selected a property in the Dexter Road portion of the Waterfront District as the site of its new manufacturing facility in the 2005. Aspen spent $30 million to retrofit a 140,000 square feet, formerly abandoned industrial plant to meet the needs of its commercial, military and aerospace customers. Aspen is a leading manufacturer of high performance insulating materials known as aerogels. Since 2005, the company has expanded numerous times, both on- and off-site.
Aspen is expanding with a $30 million 3 project underway at its East Providence site. The new line is Aspen’s first step in its long-term strategy to expand production capacity and will increase the facility’s capacity by 25 percent to meet growing customer demand.
Squantum Woods park recently underwent the construction of controls to improve the flow of storm water that currently runs through the park and causes flooding, scouring and erosion. Phase 1 of the project was completed in December of 2011: The park re-opened in 2013.
The silt contained in the road runoff contributes to the growth of the invasive Phragmites plant: removing the silt will help keep the pond free of the plants. Phase 2 work included removing the Phragmites and dredging the pond and is being funded by the Village on the Waterfront project on the nearby Chevron property.
The project was funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), through the efforts of Sen. Jack Reed. It was a cooperative project between the EPA, the Waterfront District Commission, the East Providence Parks Department, the East Providence Department of Public Works, and Chevron Land & Development Corp.