Middletown Economic Development
Industrial and Corporate Parks
Aquidneck Corporate Park
Originally constructed in 1970 as an industrial park, the Aquidneck Corporate Park has many of the features of a modern office park: open landscaped areas surrounding buildings, lot subdivision, and organized internal circulation. Access to the office park is on Valley Road along Green End Pond, with a secondary access point on Aquidneck Avenue. The terrain of the Aquidneck Corporate Park slopes from a high elevation on its eastern boundary, down to a low elevation on the western boundary (along Green End Pond). The park’s naturally hilly topography allows most of the buildings to be fully visible from both outside and inside the park. The sloping topography also provides several of the buildings with unobstructed views of Green End Pond, as well as the park’s adjoining land.
The majority of businesses have well-maintained landscaping and pedestrian networks within each lot. Employee amenities include outdoor picnic areas at most of the businesses. A central location on Johnnycake Hill Road provides for Federal Express/UPS package drop-off with several postal mailboxes. Circulation within each parcel is well organized, with most businesses having multiple access points from the roadway network of the park. Most have circular drives at identifiable main entrances, visitor parking, and an abundance of employee parking. Several businesses offer pedestrian and vehicle connections between individual parking areas to facilitate both foot and automobile traffic flow. Signage exists to direct people throughout the park.
Newport Corporate Park
The Newport Corporate Park, constructed between the mid 1980s and early 1990s, has frontage on West Main Road with access via the Gate 17 Access Road and Commerce Drive. Its location adjacent to NUWC makes this office park particularly attractive to defense contractors and other high-tech businesses with connections to the Navy base.
Situated directly off Route 114 (West Main Road), this office complex has convenient access to the arterial roadway network and all Aquidneck Island bridges. RIPTA Route #60 provides access to/from downtown Newport and Providence, as well as other East Bay towns.
The Newport Corporate Park includes two parcels developed with office buildings. Adjacent to these two parcels are a day care center, Growing Children, the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, a residential neighborhood, and a dedicated 2.566-acre open space/park as part of the residential development along Commerce Drive/Corporate Place. Both developed parcels have well-maintained landscaping and pedestrian networks within the limits of the lots. A pedestrian connection extends from 1 Corporate Place to the sidewalk on Route 114 (West Main Road).
The park includes six parcels and is visually screened by a wide vegetative buffer along East Main Road and the adjacent commercial center to the west. All buildings have well-maintained landscaping, sidewalks, and employee picnic areas. Circulation within each parcel is well organized, with multiple drives from the main roadway of the park, Enterprise Drive. With the gently sloping topography, each building is at a higher elevation than the next, giving all buildings good visibility. Signage within the park is unified and discreet.