The medical school of Brown University, sited in Providence’s historical Jewelry District, has long been separated from the city center by a swath of raised highway. In 2007, a process to reroute this section of I-95 began, thus creating new developable land between the Medical Center and downtown. A new mixed Innovation District is now being planned on this reclaimed land. This knowledge community will be organized around a new civic square, and will contain a new 230,000 SF office and research building for the Cambridge Innovation Center, Brown University, TechShop, a new hotel, new housing, and a new community building based on District Hall in Boston.
Ayers Saint Gross completed the master plan for a life sciences complex on five acres. Hailed as an innovative, job-creating proposal, the complex would include labs, a hotel, housing and retail.
The highly regarded Cambridge Innovation Center is looking to open a location on the Ayers Saint Gross-planned Innovation District in Providence, RI.
A development team with national prominence has agreed to purchase two parcels of the I-195 Redevelopment District, and develop a 1.1-million square-foot mixed-use and bioscience center.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo hailed the project as “the start of something transformational.”
Nearly 200 people—including Rhode Island’s governor, its two U.S. senators, and a horde of state and local politicians—turned out for the Sept. 25 groundbreaking.