The Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) Board of Directors approved a development agreement/lease option with Deepwater Wind for 117 acres at its board meeting June 29th. Deepwater plans to use Quonset as a base for manufacturing, assembly and launching of wind turbines. The project, which is expected to create 600 - 800 new jobs, marks a significant investment in the emerging energy industry at the Quonset Business Park. The 10 year lease for $20.7 million also includes options for an additional 10 years. Development Agreement with
Deepwater Wind Finalized
Provides 117 Acres for Wind Turbine Manufacturing, Construction; Hundreds of Jobs Projected
(Images Courtesy of Deepwater Wind)
Delicate Salt Water Marsh
Ecosystem Restored in Davisville
The QDC has nearly completed work on a salt water marsh restoration project near the Davisville piers. The project involved killing phragmites, or common reed, which had taken over the marsh area on the south side of the piers with a complex root system that was disrupting the ecosystem. After spraying and cutting away the phragmites, a construction team dug and reconfigured pre-existing channels. This allowed for the proper balance of salt and fresh water to enter and move through the marsh area. Allowing salt water to again access to the marsh will make it impossible for the invasive plants to thrive, and the appropriate biological diversity can be restored.
Oversight for the project was provided by the Maguire Group, with work by Natural Resource Services' Scott Rabideau and John Rocchio Corporation. QDC would also like to recognize the valuable input and cooperation from Coastal Resources Management Council.
|QDC Joins North Kingstown Family in Placing a Granite Memorial Along the New Bike Path
When the new Quonset bike path formally opens next month, users will note a commemorative granite marker will be in place near one of the path's park benches. The stone is placed in memory of North Kingstown's Stephen Kareemo who died in August 2000 at age 34. QDC worked with Stephen's family to build and place the 12 by 16 inch marker at the entrance to the new shared use path. The peaceful outdoor location was especially important for Steven's parents, who live nearby.
"For my parents to go to the grave site, it's not a pleasant experience at all," said Stephen's brother, David, who initially contacted the QDC for help on the project. "However, this memorial for my brother Stephen, when I brought my parents to it, it was more of a joyous occasion. They look forward to coming by the bike path and seeing the memorial."