The collaborative effort between Cumberland, Central Falls, and Pawtucket RI, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, and many partners to revitalize Broad Street has relaunched!
Back in 2007, leaders from the three communities began to talk about the shared challenges and opportunities faced by the area. With the help of a Preserve America grant from the National Park Service, the group conducted extensive research and a robust outreach campaign, resulting in an action plan with the following goals:
- Encourage historic preservation
- Promote comprehensive facade improvements
- Implement parking management strategies
- Undertake pedestrian and streetscape improvements
- Design for community safety
- Stimulate economic growth
Much progress was made, but lacking adequate funding, the program faded in 2012. However, the three communities continued to work together on many projects, including Broad Street.
In 2016, the state of Rhode Island allocated $11.5 million of state Transportation Improvement Program (T.I.P.) Funding for Broad Street, with design work set to begin in the fall of 2017. In order to better coordinate the effort, the group applied for a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to hire a part-time coordinator. In March 2017, Jillian Finkle joined the team.
One of the coordinator’s key duties is to communicate information about the Initiative and its activities with all of those interested – including residents, businesses, and local organizations. This blog and website will share updates, information, stories, and events related to Broad Street, and anyone who is interested is also encouraged to sign up for the Initiative’s email newsletter and “Like” the Facebook Page.
Stay tuned, as many exciting things are on their way!