In the last two weeks a minor imbroglio has erupted over the proposed relocation of a state Office of Probation and Parole to space in downtown Providence across the street from the Providence Journal building on Fountain Street.
Many in the business community said that the people who would be going in and out of the office would hinder continuing efforts to redevelop downtown as a center for business and as a viable residential neighborhood, despite testimony from other cities in Rhode Island that probation offices had not been de-stabilizing forces in their urban cores, although none have the same potential density of Providence.
In addition, the location had an advantage over the current siting in the city’s South Side due to its proximity to the Kennedy Plaza transportation hub, which would make it easier for those in the rehabilitation process to access the office.
After business groups including the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce protested the proposed move, the state said that it would seek alternatives. Do you think that the move would have been an impediment to the redevelopment that is happening in the Capital City? If your offices or home were downtown, would you have moved had the probation office moved into the site?