Quonset Points


October 2008

In This Issue
Highway Access Creates Efficiencies for Business Park
RIMS Expands in Quonset
Business Opportunities Available at Gateway
New Highway Access Makes Business 
Faster, Easier at Quonset

Eases Traffic on Local Roads

A key economic infrastructure improvement, the newly constructed Route 403, was opened to traffic on October 23, 2008 providing direct highway access to the Quonset Business Park.

Governor Carcieri and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) director Michael Lewis joined a convoy of trucks from Quonset businesses on October 22, 2008 to cross the newly completed Route 403.  The new route creates dedicated highway access to support and enhance the Business Park a reality.
The $130 million Route 403 project includes construction of a new interchange at Post Road as well as a new highway interchange at Route 4.

The new highway complements the Park's other transportation infrastructure including port facilities, an airport and a freight rail line, which the RIDOT augmented with the completion of the $225 million Freight Rail Improvement Project (FRIP) in 2006.

"The transportation infrastructure is key to unlocking Quonset's economic potential," said Saul Kaplan, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and Chairman of the QDC board. 

The new route will also remove Business Park traffic from local streets. Final construction on the highway and associated ramps is nearly complete.
Rhode Island Mooring Service
Expands in Quonset


Rhode Island Mooring Service (RIMS) is the most recent Quonset Business Park company to announce an expansion.  RIMS, located at Little Allen's Harbor in Davisville, has grown from one acre with only four slips and one building to a business that sits on seven acres of land with 94 slips. It offers full winter boat storage, service boat repairs and mooring installation. Additionally, the company provides design, engineering and permit processing, complete maintenance for over 200 power and sail boats and services over 700 mooring customers each year.  The expanded facility will be landscaped with "park-like" grounds, featuring a beach, grills, tiki huts, picnic areas and kayak racks.

RIMS owner Richard DeSalvo complimented the Quonset Development Corporation's help in facilitating his business growth.  "It's a great spot," said DeSalvo in a recent Jamestown Press article
Business Opportunities Still Available
at Quonset Gateway
There are many opportunities available for local businesses at the Gateway and throughout the Quonset Business Park.

The finished Gateway will include 765,000 square feet of new office, hotel and retail space. Recent developments at the Gateway include Kohl's grand opening in October and continued construction for a new locally-owned Dave's Marketplace and Lowes. The open air center is offering retail spaces from 1,000 - 6,500 square feet and office spaces from 1,000 - 10,000 square feet.  

New Boston Development Partners, the Gateway developer will continue to hold informational sessions for local businesses on the Gateway. To attend an upcoming session or learn more about the opportunities available at the Gateway, contact New Boston's Project Manager for the Gateway, Patrick Cleary at 617-878-7933 or by email.