The former I-195 land, in Providence, Rhode Island, offers developers the convenience of a single entity responsible for approving real estate development proposals and associated economic development. Uniquely in this area, the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission maintains full authority for proposal review and approval, zoning relief requests, and subdivisions and mergers, with an average turnaround time of 90 days. In other areas of downtown Providence: development proposals are received by the Department of Inspection and Standards; zoning relief applications are reviewed by the Zoning Board of Review; and design is reviewed by the Downtown Design Review Committee. When you develop here, you work with one agency that consolidates all of these functions.
For more information about zoning, click here.
For more information about the permitting process, click here.For more information about selection criteria, click here.
For more information about the process schedule, click here.For more information about fees, click here.A significant number of environmental investigations and studies have been performed on the land within and adjacent to Providence’s I-195 Redevelopment District. These investigations, conducted by multiple parties during different stages of the highway relocation and redevelopment planning process, have resulted in an understanding of the environmental conditions and the associated regulatory and financial implications. Developers looking for real estate opportunities in Rhode Island can read more about the environmental permitting status here. To see a copy of the Remedial Decision letter from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, click here.A Stormwater Master Plan (SWMP) was developed to provide a mechanism for obtaining stormwater permit approvals for the I-195 Redevelopment District (District) through the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) within 30 days of certification of a complete application. The SWMP applies the state’s stormwater management standards “District-wide” rather than on an individual parcel basis and also applies to any parcels that abut a District parcel or parcels and are assembled under common ownership. Read more about the stormwater permitting status here. To see a copy of the permit (Assent decision) from the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), click here. To see a copy of the water quality certificate from RIDEM, click here.