PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The land on the edge of downtown Providence freed up for redevelopment by the relocation of Interstate-195 has a new identity.
195 Redevelopment District Commission Chairman Colin Kane says it's been dubbed "The Link" because it links neighborhoods as well as the city's old and new economies. State and city officials have made the area's development a centerpiece of efforts to jumpstart the Rhode Island economy.
The ribbon of land can support 3 million square feet of mixed-use space. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras on Wednesday called its redevelopment a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
The Link's 17 parcels mostly fall within the so-called Knowledge District, named for the health care and high-tech companies it hopes to attract. The area had been known as the Jewelry District for the jewelry manufacturers once there.