The historic Elizabeth Mill will be razed and some of its architectural elements incorporated into a new building, under a plan that Warwick officials hope will serve as a development catalyst for the City Centre Warwick district.
The plan would create a four-story, 300,000-square-foot building with modern efficiencies, suitable for retail, office and residential space, according to Mayor Scott Avedisian. The mill’s cast iron stairs, doors and bricks will be incorporated into a new structure.
Michael Integlia & Company, an engineering and construction management firm, will market the conceptual plan.
You can see a skelton of white beams that create a ghost of the tower of the mill being demolished, which is sad and creepy.
Though our historic buildings are an extremely important part of what makes our region unique and special, I’m not afraid to admit that not all can always be saved. Could someone have tried harder to save this building? Maybe, but it seems that will not happen. Keeping some little remenants and building a literal skeleton to remember the building is just dumb though. If the building has to go, get rid of it and move on.
The City Centre Warwick Master Plan calls for development of a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development with multi-modal access opportunities, including T.F. Green Airport, Interstates 95 and 295, the MBTA commuter rail, rental car facilities, Amtrak and bus service.
More skybridges do not a pedestrian friendly environment make. Hopefully that gets value engineered out (along with the skeleton).
Also, though the rendering shows a cyclist decked out for some street-race, it also shows the same old 4-lane Jefferson Boulvard traffic sewer. I know the developer and the renderist are not responsible for redesigning the street, it simply highlights a short-coming of the City. Jefferson Boulevard is well suited for a road diet and installation of bike lanes.
Some less extreme cyclists, maybe on their way to work, in the second rendering.