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‘City Centre Warwick' to generate 2,000 jobs

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By Dana Griffin

dgriffin@abc6.com

 

WARWICK, RI- The idea of City Centre Warwick began way back in the 90's when Governor Chafee was Mayor Chafee.

The thought is linking the highway, rail, and airport, will help turn the area into an economic generator.

"We knew we had these assets; we had to tie them together. So, it's taking some time but slow and steady wins the race," said Governor Chafee.

The city is developing 95–acres surrounding T.F. Green Airport; turning the area into a mixture of residential, office, and retail space.

Senator Jack Reed said, "This is the beginning we hope of job expansion, attracting business to Rhode Island. All that being driven by a new improved airport, better commuter rail and great highways."

A $400,000 federal grant will be used for highway infrastructure.

At the airport, runway extensions and upgrades will make international flights possible.

The state is also interested in expanding the commuter rail.

All of the plans sound good to local business owners like Joe Piscopio.

The Hilton Garden Inn, owner said, "Geographically, it's perfect for the train station and the airport and the highway to get in and out of here. We have business meetings here all the time and they all tell me how comfortable it is, in and out."

Donut shop owner Lino Correia says the day the commuter rail stopped running due to an electrical outage was the day he realized how important it was to his business.

"Our business was slow that day and I couldn't figure out why. And then I figured it out; wow the train station really does affect us," said Correia.

If it goes well, the state could generate 2,000 jobs.

It'll take several years for the project to be finished, although the runway extension is expected to be done by 2017.

 

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