Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Almond on Monday announced plans to begin developing the waterfront at Quonset Point and Davisville.
The governor cited a study by the consulting firm R.K. Johns & Associates on the feasibility of developing a port at Quonset, once considered by Maersk Line and Sea-Land Service Inc. as a potential site for their North Atlantic mega-hub.''The R.K. Johns study concludes that a port at Quonset is economically feasible, regionally well-positioned, and can be built with a high degree of automation, wisely using the land to minimize the air, noise and light impacts,'' Almond said. ''A port at Quonset makes economic sense and should be pursued.''
The governor, who acknowledged that the port would not be built until after he leaves office, said the state has ''an extraordinary opportunity to create a new, vibrant commercial center at Quonset Davisville.''
The R.K. Johns study will be posted Tuesday on the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp.'s website, www.riedc.com.
William Coffey, president of R.K. Johns & Associates, presented the results of the New York-based firm's study at a joint meeting in Providence of the directors of the Economic Development Corp. and the Quonset Davisville Management Corp.
At the meeting, Harriet Diamond, principal of Diamond Environmental Associates, outlined a 12-month strategic process that will be done in three phases: the development of guiding principles; completion of a master plan for the development of Quonset Point and Davisville, including the waterfront; and the creation of a plan to implement the master plan.
Quonset Point, a former U.S. Navy base, serves as an auto import center but does not have any container activity.
Maersk and Sea-Land chose the Port of New York and Jersey as the site for their hub. The two carriers merged last December.