South Street Landing is a $220 million redevelopment project in Providence’s Jewelry District that is bringing new life to an iconic station that once provided electrical power to the city. Brown University has a long-term lease to occupy approximately 136,000 square feet that will become the home of 11 administrative units at the University beginning in late October and early November 2017.
The South Street Landing project aims to strengthen connections by infusing more collaboration into the way we work every day. In addition, it will continue to enhance the dynamic community of nearly 1,000 Brown faculty, students and staff who already work, teach and produce groundbreaking research in the Jewelry District.
The project is central to the University’s efforts to make more space available on College Hill for initiatives and programs that further the goals in Brown's Building on Distinction strategic plan. This includes planning that will take place over the next two years to renovate space for academic departments and centers, and to offer new spaces to promote interdisciplinary collaboration, entrepreneurship and student activities.
The following 11 offices are preparing for relocation: Division of Advancement; Office of University Communications; Environmental Health and Safety; Finance Division (Accounts Payable, Office of the Controller, Budget Office, Insurance & Purchasing Services, Treasury, and Academic Finance and Administration); Business and Financial Services; Office of the Vice President and General Counsel; Government and Community Relations; Human Resources; Internal Audit Services; Real Estate and Auxiliary Housing; and Office of the Vice President for Research.
Since 2013, a project team representing operations across the University has been working closely with the departments that will relocate to South Street Landing to assess their needs — and to ensure smooth operational workflows between those departments and the rest of campus — as we plan to occupy the new space. With ongoing feedback from the relocating departments, the building is being transformed into comfortable and collaborative space for the more than 450 administrators who will relocate from offices across College Hill and the Jewelry District.
Fueling Economic Growth
In a public-private partnership, Brown is the anchor tenant in South Street Landing, which is being developed by Boston-based firm CV Properties, LLC in partnership with Wexford Science & Technology. It also will house the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center (where Rhode Island College and University of Rhode Island will share facilities), a 270-bed graduate and medical student housing complex and a 744-space parking garage.
As stated in Building on Distinction, the University's vision for Brown in the Jewelry District is to be a partner in the development of a vibrant ecosystem of academics, commerce and innovation. Brown has invested more than $200 million in the Jewelry District, including the state-of-the-art Alpert Medical School education building, the School of Professional Studies, the Laboratories for Molecular Medicine, and more.
Already, the project is having the intended impact of serving as a catalyst for further economic growth. In December 2016, the University signed a letter of intent to lease 50,000 square feet over 15 years for its School of Professional Studies as part of a proposed Innovation Center being developed by Wexford Science & Technology. The building will also serve as home to the Cambridge Innovation Center, with occupancy targeted for early 2019.