Mayor Taveras and Brown University Unveil Thayer Street Improvements
Changes this summer expected to improve appearance, traffic flow in commercial district
PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Brown University President Christina Paxson and representatives of the Thayer Street Management District Association and the College Hill Neighborhood Association today joined to announce a series of planned improvements to the Thayer Street corridor.
Projects scheduled over the next six months include the repaving of roads, a new green space, the installation of curb bump-outs and other measures aimed at making the district more attractive and improving the flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
“I am pleased to take part in this collaborative public and private effort to improve one of the busiest commercial districts in Providence,” said Mayor Taveras. “The City has conducted a comprehensive planning study of the area in cooperation with neighborhood stakeholders, and now we are making their suggestions a reality to improve Thayer Street for all who live, work and visit College Hill.”
The Thayer Street improvement plan stems from an extensive 18-month analysis of the district conducted by the City of Providence’s Department of Planning and` Development. The study was carried out with input from neighborhood stakeholders and institutions and was funded by Brown University.
“Thayer Street is a thriving and attractive place that is full of potential,” said President Paxson. “The University, the City, and the Thayer Street merchants have been working together for a long time to keep it healthy and growing, and the future looks bright. We are all eager to see these new measures take shape.”
The planned improvements will be funded by Brown University, the City of Providence and the Thayer Street Management District.
The City of Providence will repave and restripe area roads and install new signs and parking meters on Thayer Street. The City will also invest $10,000 in the creation of a “parklet” – a miniature park to be installed on the street in front of the Brown Bookstore.
Brown University will widen sidewalks in front of City Sports and Blue State Coffee, which are properties owned by the University. Brown will also plant trees along Thayer Street, add outdoor furniture in front of the Brown Bookstore and the Granoff Center for the Arts, and contribute toward the cleanup of Fones Alley by providing space for a trash compactor.
The Thayer Street District Management Association will fund the maintenance of the parklet and the installation of new trash containers and a trash compactor, and other projects.
Thayer Street has long been one of the City's most popular commercial districts, attracting thousands of tourists, visitors and area residents with its restaurants and retail establishments that border the Brown University campus.