Welcome to the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development blog! This site will highlight projects we are working on and things we are thinking about for the future, and will offer an inside look at our many boards, commissions, department divisions and staff. This is an incredibly busy and exciting time for our city. There... Continue Reading →

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Olneyville Square Gateway to the Woonasquatucket River Coming Soon

A new shared use path and gateway between the Woonasquatucket River and Olneyville Square will begin construction in Spring 2019. The project along San Souci Drive will improve safety for people walking and riding bicycles, create a welcoming gateway between the Woonasquatucket River and Olneyville Square and reduce stormwater runoff to the River. The project... Continue Reading →

Working towards a healthy, lead-free Providence

On August 18th, the City of Providence and Back to School RI conducted a special #LearnAboutLead event to educate residents about risks associated with lead and distribute information about the City’s Lead Safe Providence Program. The event was part of a national effort by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to engage grantees... Continue Reading →

Historic Landmark Spotlight: Barnaby Castle

Periodically, we will feature an historic Providence landmark and share information about its history, design, and importance. This Historic Landmark Spotlight features Barnaby Castle in the City’s Federal Hill neighborhood. Dominating the corner of Broadway and Sutton Streets, the 19th-century Victorian home known as Barnaby Castle demands (and certainly merits) recognition as our first featured... Continue Reading →

Get to know the City Plan Commission!

Ever wonder how development projects, the City's Zoning Ordinance, and the Comprehensive Plan are reviewed and approved in Providence? Read on to learn more about the City Plan Commission and their role in this important aspect of city planning.  In Providence, the City Plan Commission, or CPC, serves as City's planning board. Every municipality in... Continue Reading →

A Vision for the Woonasquatucket

Providence’s industrial spine from a bygone era is getting a lot of attention lately. Thanks to a Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the City will be focusing even more attention on the Woonasquatucket River Corridor over the next year. Through the grant, the City will work with the community to... Continue Reading →

Coming Soon: Providence River Pedestrian Bridge!

  After many years of anticipation, construction is underway on the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge. This impressive structure, due for completion in December 2018, will rest on the same granite piers that I-195 once stood upon before its relocation. Once completed, the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge will connect two planned riverfront parks, joining Downtown with... Continue Reading →

Building Providence

With more than sixty development projects under construction or under review by the City’s various boards and commissions, increasing construction activity in Providence is a reflection of a growing sense of economic optimism and an affirmation that Providence’s prospects for future success are improving.

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