NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Quick! List everything you can think of thatâ€™s located at Quonset Point.
Okay, Electric Boat. Then what?
â€śThere is a perception,â€ť says Steven J. King, managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC), â€śthat there are thousands of acres at Quonset and what the hell are we doing with it?â€ť
The answer is: quite a lot.
In Rhode Island, where the economy is notoriously bleak even among the nationâ€™s other 49 states, Quonset is a ray of sunshine. It is the good news that people want to read in the newspaper but many have no clue that the place is prospering â€“ or what is actually going on.
This geographic triangle that juts into Narragansett Bay is undergoing a complete transformation. After limping along for years when the Navy moved out, Quonset/Davisville is a phoenix rising from the ashes.
Each stage of its development is carefully planned with an eye toward attracting a blend of enterprises including offices, warehouse and distribution centers, marine construction, light and general manufacturing and importing.
The park also offers such recreational space as the Town of North Kingstownâ€™s 18-hole golf-course set on 138 acres, four public beaches, a bike path and a marina. Thereâ€™s even a daycare facility.
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