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Developer sought for Shooters site

Calling all developers looking for a waterfront property in the capital city: The R.I. Department of Environmental Management wants to hear from you.

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Developer sought for Shooters site


Calling all developers looking for a waterfront property in the capital city: The R.I. Department of Environmental Management wants to hear from you.

As DEM advances plans to convert the former Shooters nightclub property at India Point to a public park, the cash-strapped agency is turning to the private sector. This month the agency plans to publish a request for information, looking for a developer to construct a revenue-generating facility that can profit a developer and the state.

“Right now that’s the only way I see it working out,” DEM Director Janet Coit said. “If it were a purely public venture, I don’t know how we’d get the resources.”

Coit said she is open to reviewing virtually any proposal that complements a park and keeps public access to the water. Possible concepts include a restaurant, a fish market, a community center, a marina, a ferry service or some combination of all those. The property could even host a ferry servicing parks on Narragansett Bay islands.

Coit wants proposals returned in the fall. She then wants to set up a series of public workshops to take comments on the proposals, with the aim of rendering a decision by the end of the year. A project could start construction as soon as 2013.

“I really want to have an open-minded opportunity for people to weigh in with ideas,” Coit said. “I know there’s a lot of interest and a ton of potential.”

DEM will formally receive control of the property after the R.I. Department of Transportation completes demolition of most of the former nightclub last known as Bootleggers. Demolition is expected to start this month, a spokesman said.

The department purchased the club and its marina in 2000 as a staging area for the Interstate 195 relocation project. When DOT said that it planned to place the property on the market and use the sales proceeds to help pay for the Iway project, a coalition of neighbors intervened.

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Classic gov't move. Pay $3.2M for a parcel worth 1/3rd of that. No developer is site is interested in the property since the highest and best use has been destroyed. Primary antagonist in transaction (head of the Bay) says property can generate $385K in NOI (no back up detail) but they are unwilling to take on the project? Why - because it's a fairy tale? this property will sit vacant for another 10 years at least.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 | Report this

Hey, John. Cute liottle diatribe there. May I ask how you wound up blaming the gobmint for the $3.2 million payment when THE VOTERS OF RHODE ISLAND actually approved it? Hmmm? Gobmint wouldn't have paid $3.2 million if the people didn't vote for it. Soooooo, it's what the people wanted. Oops. Ah, another classic Rhode Islander with a big opinion and no sense of reality. Yet another example of what is really wrong with the economy of this state.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 | Report this

Hey Steve

You got me on that - you're right, the state gov't had nothing to do with it. but one question - who endorsed the plan? RIDEM, the Governor, etc. It wasn't a separate ballot question.RIDEM forced it into the referendum for the approval of the Rocky Point acquisition, which was universally popular, so voters were stuck with getting a worthless Shooters site along with Rocky Point. Next time get your facts straight.

6:13 PM Thu, Apr 29, 2010 | Permalink

Philip Marcelo Email

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- State Department of Environmental Management Director Michael Sullivan has asked Governor Carcieri to consider preserving the state-owned former Shooters nightclub property for future open space and recreational uses, similar to those advocated by Fox Point residents.

Sullivan says he suggested using a proposed $10-million bond, which would have to be approved by voters in November, to fulfill the state's obligation to the federal Highway Administration for helping purchase the nightclub, pay for demolishing the building, and fund a plan for future use.

The bond would also go to finance other preservation initiatives elsewhere in the state, including the former Rocky Point Amusement Park in Warwick, he said.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 | Report this

John, paraphrase your comments all you like. Folks voted, government responded. Gosh, it was okay to waste money in Warwick, but not Providence? I certainly didn't want any money used to purchase land in Warwick, but I did in Providence. Warwick waste is okay, but not Providence waste? I don't understand you. Another conflicted local looking for someone to blame excpet themselves. Nice work.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 | Report this
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