Lease negotiations OK'd for URI-RIC nursing center

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The South Street Power Station redevelopment plan has cleared an early hurdle with the go-ahead from the State Properties Committee for officials to negotiate a lease for a joint nursing education center.

The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/1lVASHk ) reports that the committee Tuesday unanimously approved a request from the state Department of Administration and state Education Board to move ahead with negotiations.

Under the $206 million plan, about half of the vacant power station on the edge of downtown Providence would house a nursing education program operated by Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island. Brown University would occupy the other half.

The plan calls for the state to work with the private developer to negotiate a long-term lease for the URI-RIC nursing center.

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