New Water-Access Facility Planned for Providence

Gateway, artist's rendition.

Now that Rhode Islanders have voted “yes” on Ballot Referendum 4, approving funds that would increase and improve public access to Narragansett Bay, the door is open to acquiring the property formerly occupied by Shooter’s nightclub on India Point, at the mouth of the Seekonk River.

SAT, Waterfront Development Plan.

Plans are afoot to create a new facility called Head of the Bay Gateway that will allow greater public access to upper Narragansett Bay. Renderings of the proposed site show docks and a large central building that could contain restaurant, shops, markets and be used to host events.

According to the Head of the Bay Gateway, a citizens organization working to create a public-private partnership, the vision for the 1.4-acre property, currently owned by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, encompasses:

  • Waterfront and marine uses for excursion vessels, private boats, kayak and small-boat rentals, workshops, sailing programs, and ferries connecting East and West Bay towns to the capital region.
  • Restaurant and function space for festivals, concerts, weddings, corporate and charity events with sweeping views of the Bay and the downtown skyline, and superior access, visibility, and signage potential.
  • Retail/marketplace for specialty food kiosks, café/bakery, artist stalls, fresh produce and seafood markets, bike rentals, and other year-round and seasonal uses.

To learn more:

Fox Point Neighborhood Association: Make Shooters Public

Video of the HOTBG project:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHLL-VSS6VU

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