Pop-up food emporium OK’d

Food operators and designers working under the name “The Shack” got the green light last week from the 195 Commission to build a temporary concession stand and outdoor eating area on another former highway parcel: Parcel 22.

That’s just near One Ship Street and adjacent to land that Wexford Science & Technology expects to close on in the third quarter of this year, McNally said. Johnson & Johnson has begun creating its new health technology center in One Ship, a building Wexford bought last year so it could begin locating tenants near the 195 land before building its planned innovation center.

The commission approved spending $320,000 from its 195 Fund to help create the food emporium — an effort McNally said is expected to enliven the area especially nights and weekends. The Raimondo administration created the fund in 2015 with $25 million to encourage development on the former highway land.

The Shack’s team includes a husband-wife couple, John Paul and Diana Murton, and KITE Architects in Providence.