The UP Thread on Parcel 6: urbanplanet.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=1217
By Cathleen F. Crowley
Journal Staff Writer | June 15, 2005
Capital Center literally vibrates with construction activity and, this week, yet another developer begins scraping, digging and preparing the ground for a new building. The metal girders of the new GTECH headquarters rise higher every day, and across the cove, sheets of steel have been driven into the ground to prepare for the Waterplace Place high-rise condominium complex.
On an empty lot a few hundred feet away, behind the Amtrak station, Capitol Cove LCC began site work this week for two low-rise apartment buildings. The buildings will sit next to the canal, on the corner of Canal Street and Park Row. The seven-story complex will rise 75-feet and house 255 apartment units. A parking garage with 360 spaces will fill the first two floors.
This phase of the development will cost between $35 million and $40 million, said Doug Weeks, who partnered with Robert S. Roth to develop Capitol Cove. Eventually, the developers hope to build an additional 350 units. As part of the construction, Capitol Cove has agreed to extend the Riverwalk about 1,000 feet up the Moshassuck River, running it all the way to Smith Street. The 20-foot wide path, which currently ends at Citizens Bank, will be open to the public.
Though the Capitol Cove project received approval last year, it has spent months bidding the construction contracts to find the best prices, Weeks said. The downtown area is seeing a mini-boom in residential construction. There are three condominium projects on the horizon: Waterplace Park in Capital Center will have two high-rise towers and 193 luxury condominiums; One Ten Westminster will be a 33-story, 130-unit tower nestled between the Turk’s Head Building and the Arcade; and the addition to The Westin Providence hotel will include 105 condominiums on the top floors of the new tower.
The Capitol Cove developers believe their project will attract a different consumer. “We are in a different market, more competitive, lower-rise units,” Weeks said. “We feel as though we will be able to bring them in cheaper.” The apartments will range from 800 to 1,200 square feet and rent for $1,700 to $2,700 a month (AIR ed: cheaper than what?).
If there is more demand for upscale living, Capitol Cove has plans to build three condominium towers in later phases. “We have to gauge the market,” Weeks said. “There is an absorption rate that we are trying to stay under.”
Construction on the first two buildings should take two years, Weeks said. This week, contractors will begin removing pavement and trees. The work also involves packing down the ground to make it more dense and stable for the foundation. The developers plan to host an official groundbreaking ceremony later this summer when the building construction begins.
Alex Perhaps the homes should be more modestly priced. I think a bit more hight would complement the other projects as well. Either way, Capitol Cove needs to play catch up! The other projects are nearing completion.
mother jones It’s been more than a year since that story appeared in the Projo and still nothing has really happened at the site. They seem like cautious developers. Maybe they decided the market can’t absorb any more expensive condos?
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