The Historic Newport Town Spring Leadership Committee is launching the planning and design of the Historic Newport Town Spring with a public informational meeting to take place on March 1st at the Colony House in Washington Square from 6-7:30pm.

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The site is the former location of the freshwater spring around which the original settlement of Newport occurred and where subsequent events of historic significance were enacted.

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The Newport Spring site is located at the corner of Touro and Spring Street in Newport on the former site of Coffey’s gas station. The design team, headed by L+A Landscape Architecture of Newport, RI will be facilitating a public planning process that will result in a master plan for the site.

More About The Project

Through the efforts of the Newport Spring Leadership Committee, Coffey’s gas station was purchased in 2015 with private donations from citizens and local foundations. Church Community Housing Corporation a tax exempt 501(c) (3) charitable organization took title of the property, is the fiscal agent for the project, and will oversee the environmental cleanup of the site. The Newport Spring Leadership Committee is the group guiding the project through the fundraising, planning and development phases.

The Newport Spring Advisory Committee, made up of individuals representing abutting organizations and stakeholders in the community, will be advising the leadership committee throughout the project.

L+A Landscape Architecture has been selected as the lead design consultant by the Leadership Committee of the Historic Newport Town Spring Project to conduct the Planning and Design of the Historic Newport Town Spring.

The design process will include opportunities for community engagement, online tools, a public workshop and other events.

The Newport Historical Society has produced a Report on the Newport Spring Site: Its History and Significance.

Newport Environmental Inc. has conducted a Phase I and Phase II environmental study and received DEM approval for site remediation. Remediation will take place in September 2016 after a new design is finalized including construction plans and specifications.

In consultation with the City of Newport Public Works Department, Beta Inc. of Woonsocket, a traffic engineering and landscape design firm has completed an analysis of traffic circulation and safety and has provided recommendations for traffic mitigation as well as solutions to pedestrian safety issues.

The development of a master plan for the Newport Town Spring property is to be crafted in concert with the development of a Parks & Open Space Master Plan for the City of Newport (see newportopenspace.org for more information).

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