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May 2017

On May 10, 2017, Brown presented the preferred site for the new performing arts facility to PPS’s Planning and Architectural Review Committee. The committee had many questions about “The Walk” corridor between the main campus and the Pembroke campus, as well as Brown’s direction to potential architects. At this point, the Brown Board has not approved hiring of an architect. They did so two weeks later, hiring REX. See PPS’s letter to Brown about their chosen site and their Campus Design Principles and Project Design Guidelines.

PPS letter (pdf) regarding proposed site for Performing Arts Center

Performing Arts Center proposed site presentation (pdf)

Performing Arts Center website

January 2017

Brown University submitted their new Institutional Master Plan to the City Plan Commission in January 2017. Within this plan, they declared their plans for demolitions and new construction:

Proposed Demolitions / Relocation

No demolitions or relocations requested.

Potential new construction and/or partnership projects:

• New Performing Arts

• New Residential

• Health Services / Counseling and Psychological Services

• Medical Research / Brain Science

2017 Brown Institutional Master Plan

January 2016

At the January 2016 meeting of the City Plan Commission, Brown University won approval to amend their Institutional Master Plan. Included in that amendment was the demolition of 7 houses in the College Hill National Historic District and approval to build a temporary parking lot. PPS and citizen advocates opposed the proposal for a new parking lot, but Thayer Street merchants and Wheeler School supported it. The CPC approval was contingent on Brown returning next year with a proposal for a building in their next IMP Amendment.


Relevant Articles:

February 2017

- Brown plans new, cutting-edge performing arts center

- Stand-alone performing arts center to be built

- Brown announces plans for new performing arts center

April 2017

- Brown Alumni Magazine Letter from the President

May 2017

- REX to design new performing arts center at Brown

- Brown University chooses architect for performing arts center