Agora’s Director of Planning & Development, Christina Calabrese, participated in a ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) in Providence at the beginning of December that focused attention on the redevelopment of the city’s Hospital District. Sponsored by the Providence Redevelopment Agency (PRA), TAP participants were charged with three tasks:
Consider the introduction of other uses to the district, diversifying the district’s character and providing amenities for surrounding neighborhoods;
Find a financially responsible way to build parking structures to service phases of development where surface parking lots currently exist, supporting the introduction of other uses while maximizing density;
Consider ways to improve multi-modal circulation within, around, and through the district.
Following a morning site visit, stakeholder interviews were conducted with City Council members and government officials; hospital leadership; leadership from area universities; developers; and community stakeholders. TAP participants – a well-balanced team of professionals with design, planning, development, transportation, parking, and construction expertise – then worked through the afternoon to prepare a presentation of findings and offer initial ideas for development considerations for the approximately 47-acre site, which were presented to the public in the evening. The TAP served as part of an introduction to a larger redevelopment planning effort for the Hospital District that will be led by the PRA.
The full report from this TAP is expected to be published in the beginning of 2015.
For more information about ULI Technical Assistance Panels, visit: http://uli.org/programs/advisory-services/technical-assistance-panels-taps/