FOUR CORE GOALS
Four core goals for the redesign of
the Newport Town Spring site include:
To recognize and celebrate the Spring as the birthplace of Newport and the important role this place had in sustaining the life and growth of this town, the birthplace in the United States, of religious freedom and separation of church and state; and to make this place, once again, a gathering place for all people to commemorate Newport’s pivotal role in the development of our nation’s values.
- Newport Spring Leadership Committee 2017
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, serving as the fiscal sponsor 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 Services, 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).
Lyn Underwood Ceglie
Richard D’Addario, Esq.
Charles B. Allott, Esq.
Rev. Paul Hansen
William R. Riccio, Jr., PE
L+A Landscape Architecture
Ron Henderson FASLA, Founding Principal
Tanya Kelley, Senior Associate
Kate Dana, Associate
Albert Garcia AIA, Principal
Mohamad Farzan AIA, Principal
John Stevens Shop