Crowne Plaza Provides Free High-speed Internet

A Johnston developer has proposed a 288-unit condo and apartment complex adjacent to its Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings in Warwick, a project aimed at capturing the attractive empty-nester and executives markets.

Carpionato Properties is seeking city approval for the project, called Residences at the Crossings, to be located at the gravel pit adjacent to the Crowne Plaza.

The plan is expected to go before the Warwick City Council on Oct. 27 for an office-to-multifamily residential zone change as well as a height-restriction change, according to Warwick City Councilman Lewis J. Pryeor, who represents the area.

If the council grants the amendments, then the proposal goes back to the city’s planning board for final approval.

The upscale gated community – planned to be open by spring 2005 – is in addition to 66,000 square feet of office space, a 200-room hotel and a soon-to-be-announced room expansion at the Crowne Plaza.

WARWICK – The Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings announced recently that it is providing complimentary high-speed Internet connections in its guestrooms.

Through its service provider, Cox Business Services of Rhode Island, the hotel has installed cable modems in all of its 266 guestrooms, giving three-megabyte high-speed data access to all registered guests of the hotel.

“For the commercial traveler, the ability to connect both to their office and the worldwide Web via a high-speed link is the number one requested amenity of hotels today,” said J. Rudi Heater, director of hotel operations for Carpionato Properties – Hotel Division. “In order to drive guest loyalty in an ever-increasingly competitive hotel market, we elected to provide this 21st-century service on a complimentary basis.”

The Internet service will also be installed in the 104-guestroom addition announced for the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Construction will begin on these new guestrooms in the fall of 2003, with a projected opening of Jan. 1, 2005.

MultiCell Technologies awarded SBIR grant

WARWICK – MultiCell Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Exten Industries Inc., announced recently that it has been awarded another Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study new metabolic pathways for their proprietary immortalized human liver cells, used increasingly in pharmaceutical research and development to help identify new drug candidates to treat various diseases.

The aim of the SBIR award is to identify additional cellular metabolic functions that might be helpful in identifying viable chemical compounds for future drug development, thus augmenting current utilization of MultiCell’s cell lines.

MultiCell President and Chief Scientific Officer Ronald Faris, Ph.D., said,

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