R.I., Providence officials laud opening of ‘beehive of innovation’

July 23, 2019

State and city officials stood in a line in front of the Wexford Innovation Center on Wednesday, laughing and smiling as Gov. Gina Raimondo cut a bright orange ribbon to mark the opening of the building that politicians say will be a hub for innovators and entrepreneurs.

The center is one of the first projects to officially open in the I-195 Redevelopment District, more than 20 acres of state-owned, developable land in downtown Providence made vacant by the relocation of Route 195 in 2007.

“It is no exaggeration to say that I have literally been waiting for this day for years,” Raimondo said. “When I ran for office, you don’t know how many people said to me, ‘Can you really get something done on that 195 land?’ And I said ‘Yes,’ hoping that that was true.”

The seven-story, 196,000-square-foot building at 225 Dyer St. will be a “beehive of innovation,” Raimondo said, ”... and is really the beginning of the center of something incredibly special for Providence and the whole state.”

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