Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza addressed a small crowd Thursday at Waterplace Park ahead of the groundbreaking for Skyline at Waterplace, a million-dollar re-imaging project for the long-vacant restaurant at Waterplace Park. The currently vacant space will soon be the home to a state-of-the-art venue for weddings and special events.
Elorza was joined at the groundbreaking by Skyline at Waterplace, LLC principales Louis Delpidio of the Delpidio Group, Joseph Ricci of A. Ricci and Sons Construction, as well as Michael Mota and David Pontarelli, CEO and COO, respectively of Atom Media Group.
"Like my partners, I immediately recognized the immense potential of the Waterplace opportunity," said Delpidio. "I am proud to see my family's name attached to this once-in-a-lifetime project."
Skyline at Waterplace will be utilized to host weddings, corporate meetings and retreats, and other special events, and will provide its guests with premium viewing of WaterFire lightings, as well as serving as host to WBRU's Summer Concert Series, and Skyline signature music events.
"Skyline at Waterplace represents a confluence of opportunities, interests, talents, and resources," said Mota, who went on to thank the Providence community leaders for their unwavering support of this undertaking since its inception.
According to Mota, the venue, which will be open during the city's first full-lighting of Waterfire of 2016 on Saturday, projects a Grand Opening in Fall 2016, and anticipates the venue will host more than 100 events per season, including approximately 60 weddings.
Though the grand opening is still months away, the venue is still quite functional and has already begun delighting guests this season. "Skyline's outdoor patios are open and already have welcomed hundreds of guests for a limited Waterfire lighting," remarked Pontarelli. "On Saturday, we'll provide the best experience imaginable, including VIP seating, for enjoying what will be the first full Waterfire of the season."
Skyline at Waterplace brings an entirely novel concept to Waterplace Park, and is occupying a space that has been vacant since Spring 2015, following the eveiction of its former tenant, who amassed a debt to the city in the form of back rent in excess of $76,000. The interior space is undergoing a massive redesign and modernization, and according to Ricci, is ahead of schedule.
The venue's two interior levels are designed with an eye toward elegance, sophistication, versatility, and state-of-the-art technical and culinary functionality. In-house audio/video facilities will support every imaginable digital media format and relieve clients from the headaches of securing their own equipment. Food preparation and service will be provided by Russell Morin Catering and Events, and will be supported by the venue's in-house, fully-equipped kitchen and bar.
"This is a prime location in the city, and is critically important to the success of Waterplace Park," said Providence Communications Director Evan England. "The revenue generated from this location is vital to the maintenance of Waterplace Park, and thus, we look forward to the success of this venture.
To book a wedding or special event at Skyline at Waterplace, call Scott Connery (401) 440-1846. To reserve Waterfire VIP seating, call Micael Mota at (401) 270-1985.