Main Street grant awarded to Smithfield

Main Street grant awarded to Smithfield

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield is one of nine cities and towns throughout Rhode Island that will receive funding as part of the Main Street Rhode Island Streetscape Improvement program.

Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced the grant awards on May 23.

“Businesses are taking a fresh look at our state because we’re investing in ourselves,” Raimondo said in a press release. “The Main Street Rhode Island Streetscape Improvement program is designed to make our central business districts more vibrant, walkable and welcoming.”

The Main Street Rhode Island Streetscape Improvement Fund awards grants or loans on a competitive basis for improvements to commercial districts. Applicants must have matching funds of at least 30 percent of the total project cost, though matching funds can take multiple forms.

“These projects are among the many investments RI Commerce Corporation is making to support the small business community,” Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor said.

The full list of projects awarded funding are as follows:

Bristol receiving $42,855 to repaint lamp posts, install decorative medallions, bicycle racks, trash and recycling receptacles along Wood Street between State Street and Bayview Avenue.

East Providence receiving $75,000 for landscaping, lighting, and façade upgrades in Watchemoket Square.

Jamestown receiving $65,000 for East Ferry landscaping, crosswalks, stone seat walls, and parking lot paving.

North Kingstown receiving $204,400 to improve Wickford Waterfront Parking Lot by improving and extending a walkway to the street, adding a scenic overlook with a stage and seating arena, implementing a new traffic pattern, and adding lighting, wayfinding signage, landscaping, and raised wood platforms along the cove.

Providence receiving $189,145 to add trash and recycling bins, tree guards, and bike racks along Broad Street; extend decorative lighting on Westminster Street; install decorative lighting in Middle Street Alleyway; and repair and refurbish lighting fixtures downtown.

Smithfield receiving $11,075 to install bus stop shelters and village signage.

Warren receiving $203,315 for sidewalk reconstruction, street tree planting, and lighting on Water Street from Main Street to Washington Street.

Warwick receiving $69,000 to install new crosswalks on West Shore Road.

Westerly receiving $140,210 to repair and replace sidewalks and crosswalks and install new pedestrian signage in downtown Westerly.

Last year, seven projects in six cities and towns throughout the state received grants in the first round of the program. To learn more about the Main Street Improvement Fund or other Rhode Island Commerce Corporation programs, please visit www.commerceri.com .