Commerce Park Connector Road

Commerce Park Connector Road

Roadway and bridge work to connect the Gateway and Commerce Park districts of the Business Park is funded in part by a $3.88 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. This project will improve access to the Commerce Park District of the Park and 156 acres of developable land which can support an additional 998 jobs. The federal stimulus money for this priority project is expected to create additional jobs and private investment in the area while also improving rail track safety and traffic efficiency.

The grant is supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

I hereby certify for the Quonset Development Corporation that the following described ARRA infrastructure investment has received the full review and vetting required by law and that as the authorized representative of the Quonset Development Corporation accepts responsibility that the infrastructure investment for the Commerce Park Connector Road project is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars.
Steven J. King, P.E.Managing Director

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History of Romano Vineyard Way

Romano Vineyard

Davisville used to be home to the thriving, 370-acre Romano Farm and Vineyards. Wild grapes still grow on the beaches south of Quonset. The Romano family purchased the North Kingstown land in 1908, adding to it during the next few decades and eventually establishing 100 acres of grape arbors and fruit trees (peach, apple, cherry and pear). The boundaries were Old Post Road and what are now known as Newcomb Road and Camp Avenue.

Four years after purchase, the vineyard and winery were up and running, selling wine for $.50 a gallon before the Depression. The majority of the Romano family lived in a farmhouse located where the Shell station now stands. During Prohibition they sold “sacramental wine” to churches and synagogues, and wine for “medicinal” purposes. After Prohibition, the vineyard made approximately 100,000 gallons of wine per year until 1939, when the U.S. Government seized the land by eminent domain for the military facility that would become the U.S. Naval Air Station Quonset Point.



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