As dysfunctional as the relationship between Smithfield and Bryant University seems to have become (see above), the city of Providence and the state, as well as Brown University, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island seem to have recognized that their mutual best interests are best served by cooperating.
Brown, RIC and URI plan to fill the empty South Street Power Station (and erstwhile Dynamo House museum/hotel complex) with administrative offices (Brown’s) and the much discussed advanced nursing school (RIC and URI). In addition, Brown plans to build a dormitory for graduate students (including for the nearby Warren Alpert Medical School, and the city is joining in by building a parking garage to help take care of that need. The state is contributing through the dormant (but not lost) historic-preservation tax credits that the Dynamo House project had received.
This all adds up to an estimated $206 million development, proof that talking and thinking big can make good things happen. •