Wide World of Indoor Sports
Grand Opening Highlights Quonset's
Officials on Hand to Announce 85 New Jobs
Field inside of the new WWIS facility
Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and officials from the US Small Business Administration, Ocean State Business Development Authority, BankNewport, North Kingstown Town Council, and the Quonset Development Corp. (QDC) joined the Wide World of Indoor Sports (WWIS) family to celebrate the grand opening of their newest location at Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown, RI earlier today.
The grand opening highlighted QDC's innovative "Site-Readiness" program. WWIS is the first company to take advantage of this program which streamlines and expedites permitting on 35 pad-ready sites within the business park. Every site has all necessary permitting in place, including permits from DEM and CRMC. Only 350 acres remain available for development at Quonset.
Lieutenant Governor Roberts praised the program, noting that "we need to find new ways to help companies expand their presence in Rhode Island and the QDC's site readiness program has done that."
"By partnering with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) and with building and zoning experts to pre-engineer the parcels, QDC is turning red-tape into proven opportunities for job growth," she added.
The new 92,000 square foot facility will bring approximately 85 new jobs to the area, including both full-time and part-time positions. It will draw thousands of visitors from Rhode Island - and beyond - to the Quonset Gateway District. With its non-boarded fields and climate controlled capability, the new facility will host numerous sports leagues for both youth and adult athletes, including soccer, flag football, volleyball, field hockey, lacrosse, softball, to name a few.
Dan Fawcett, co-owner of the WWIS praised the QDC program and its team for helping speed the development of their new facility. "Steven King and his staff have done everything they can to create a business friendly atmosphere at Quonset," he said. "We can attest to the remarkable opportunity that the 'Site-Readiness' program affords the business community. It made a world of a difference in getting our new location built much faster than we ever anticipated," Fawcett added.
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Quonset Becoming a Solar Power Hub
Less than a year after Quonset Business Park's tenant, Toray Plastics, made headlines with the completion of Rhode Island's largest solar array, another Quonset tenant is preparing to build the largest solar roof array in New England.
|Rooftop Solar Array Installed|
by Nexamp in Haverhill, MA
Nexamp Solar's application to build the largest solar roof array in New England was recently accepted by National Grid, and approved by the Quonset Development Corporation in September. The new array will be constructed on the rooftops of Buildings 316 and 317 in the West Davisville area of Quonset Business Park, which are privately owned.
Nexamp is a leading independent solar power producer that develops, builds, owns, and operates distributed and utility-scale solar projects. The company has installed over 175 solar projects across New England totaling over 16 megawatts of solar generating capacity.
High Demand for Small and Immediate
Office Space to Be Met at Quonset
The Quonset Development Corporation recently approved plans to build additional office space for small business start-ups or other small businesses, with options to rent on a month-to-month basis. The new building, which will be located in the Quonset Gateway District, will provide wireless high-speed Internet, reception staff to field phone calls and visitors for all tenants as well as shared break areas, conference rooms and bathrooms.
Plans for the new structure came in response to continued regional demand over the past several years from potential tenants looking for smaller and immediate space. The initial plans, which have been approved, call for the construction of an 9,000-square-foot building with 31 offices that are 12 feet by 12 feet. Some of the offices could be expanded with the removal of walls, and the building itself could be expanded by more than 5,000 square feet.
The overall plans include the construction of 12 additional buildings, ranging in size from 3,000 square feet to 6,500 square feet. These would be phased in over several years. Construction of the first building could begin this year.
If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact Christine Andrews