|Quonset By the Numbers:
Park One of R.I.'s Leading Job Centers
- The Business Park hosts 8,800 jobs
- One out of every 50 jobs in R.I. is at Quonset!
- The Park hosts 168 R.I. companies
- The Port of Davisville is one of the Top Ten auto importers in North America
Quonset By the Numbers:
Opportunity - But the Window is Closing
There's a great deal of activity at Quonset. Here's a quick summary of what the land is used for - and how much is left.
"Developers with an eye on Quonset for new projects should know that we have 34 sites prepared for development, but opportunities are becoming increasingly scarce," says Steven King, P.E., managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation.
Total Acres: 3,207 acres
But this figure can be misleading when discussing the Quonset Business Park and Port of Davisville.
- 57% of the total land at Quonset is taken up by the airport (owned and managed by the RI Airport Corporation), by open space and wetlands.
- 43% of the land at Quonset - or 1,378 acres - is available to the Business Park and Port.
Of the 1,378 acres at Quonset that can be developed:
- 499 acres have been sold
- 411 acres have been leased
- 468 acres remain available for development
Of the 468 acres available for development:
- 166 of those acres are reserved or under negotiation
- This includes 117 acres in three parcels held under option by Deepwater Wind
The total amount of acreage available for development at the Quonset Business Park is 302 acres.
Permitting Process Merged
Note to developers: North Kingstown gets it.
for Even Less Red Tape
North Kingstown has long been a helpful partner in creating jobs at Quonset, but now they have taken their streamlining efforts a step further. Last month, the Town and the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) signed memorandum of agreement creating a single, joint process for development at the Business Park.
The unified process means that all development and re-development projects in the park will be reviewed under a single, merged authority. The park is now a single zoning district - the "Quonset Zone" of North Kingstown. Town ordinances and the comprehensive plan are being amended to reflect the new streamlined process. The QDC will administer the uniform regulations through a technical review committee which includes representation from both QDC and the Town.
Developers interested in the business park will need only one point of contact to go from a tour of the site to shovels in the ground. The QDC will not only continue to share with them their thorough knowledge of each site, but also personally guide them through the entire process.
This is just the latest step of many by the Town of North Kingstown and the QDC to optimize the relationship for the sake of Quonset tenants. Last summer, QDC and the Town inked a ten-year shared services agreement, a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) plan and a wastewater services agreement.