Ian quotes the PRA’s July 16th meeting minutes:
Mr. Deller also reminded the Agency members that at some point around 2004/2005, the PRA had attempted to purchase the property on Allens Avenue, now known as Providence Piers. At that time, Mr. Patrick Conley purchased the property before the Agency was able to act upon it. Now, Mr. Conley has approached the Agency to see if we are interested in acquiring the property at this time. An analysis of the property and its value is ongoing and dependent upon the outcome of the analysis, the property acquisition may be included in the proposed redevelopment plan for Allens Avenue.
Greater City: Providence has mostly steered clear of the whole Allens Avenue waterfront issue as it has become quite contentious and frankly, we’re really not sure where we stand on it. What we do know, is we want to see the public have as much access to the waterfront as feasible, it is a slight embarrassment that the capital city of the Ocean State has such meager waterfront recreation/entertainment offerings. At the same time, we know that maritime industry is a vital component of our economy and want to see jobs and tax proceeds maximized. The Providence Working Waterfront Alliance is working tenaciously to defend their interests, and I would not expect them to do any less. At some point however, for the best of everyone, we have to come to some sort of consensus on what mixed-use means, how it will be implemented, and how all interested parties concerns will be addressed. Until and unless we reach consensus, we will have a waterfront that is sitting in limbo waiting for such.
Edit to add: Just wanted to show this is what Mr. Conley was proposing for this area at one point:
Now, he is asking for the city to buy him out.