opinion

Should Providence ban residential development in Fox Point at the old Shooters property?

Posted 3/1/10

The Providence City Plan Commission voted to recommend that the city not allow residential development at the Shooters property on Fox Point, instead asking that facilities with public purposes, such as a marina, entertainment venue and/or restaurant be developed there.

The property is coming on the market as the R.I. Department of Transportation sells it following the DOT's purchase of the property during the relocation of Interstate 195.

Where do you stand on the issue?

5 comments on this story | Add your comment
Please log in or register to add your comment
Anita

One of the things that makes Providence - and RI - special is public access to its shoreline. Residential development is sure to result in decreased access - except for a "$pecial" few. This will have a long-term negative impact on drawing people (tourists, residents) to the area. Likewise, keeping this space accessible will foster longer term positive activities related to the waterfront. (Isn't this obvious?)

Monday, March 1, 2010 | Report this
jj@visionwink.com

This is such a positive move on the part of the Providence CPC. So often there is shortsightedness around development issues in this city. A fully, publicly-accessible waterfront could do wonders for Providence which has not yet taken full advantage of being on the water in terms of tourist and resident-friendly development. This decision is refreshing and I commend the City Plan Commission members for their thoughtfulness on this issue.

Monday, March 1, 2010 | Report this
LD

Must be a lot of amnesia out there. The restaurant/marina thing was tried and failed. The value of the property would be much greater, as would the tax revenue, as a mixed use building. Look no farther than Bristol, or God forbid, Boston, to see how it works very well indeed.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 | Report this
Richard from Barrington

I think the driving force here should be the taxpayers' return on the state's investment. The Iway project is a very expensive undertaking and we should be doing all we can to minimize its impact on the state's taxpayers and help reduce the deficit

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 | Report this
lioni1@aol.com

Bad recommendation. The city and state should be doing all we can to maximize taxable propety and employment.

Providence is a large Ameican city...not a little town. Every piece of newly available land should be made available for large-tall-dense development. This site and the I-Wayoparcels provide Providence with great leverage to attract devlopment away from the Boston area.

Saturday, March 6, 2010 | Report this
Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Only a few seats remain for PBN's Manufacturing Awards Dinner and Ceremony, Thursday, April 24th, at the Bryant University Bello Center. Don't hesitate. Register today!
  • Business Women
    Accomplished. Confident. Wicked Smart. Nominate women you know who deserve speci ...
  • 40 Under Forty
    It's the 10th Anniversary of 40 Under Forty, and PBN is planning a special event ...
  • Healthiest Employers
    Enrollment now open for the 2014 Healthiest Employers Program. Please take a mom ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News