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The further suburbanization of North Main Street

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North Main Street facade of proposed LA Fitness

As RIPTA prepares to start running their new Rapid Bus service next month on North Main Street, the City Plan Commission is hearing a proposalpdf to knock down a building to create 300 parking spaces on the street at the Pawtucket line.

CPC agenda:

Case No. 14-009MA – 1300 North Main Street The applicant is proposing to demolish an existing building to create a parking lot providing 300 spaces. The lot will serve a health club on an adjacent lot located in the City of Pawtucket

The building being considered for demolition is the old Sears building at the corner of North Main and White Streets across from Gregg’s (The Down Under Duck Pin bowling alley is on this site too, but I feel like it has already been demo’d? Art In Ruins does not say so).

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Old Sears building on North Main Street. Reader submitted photo.

This building would be removed to make way for 300 parking spaces in the City of Providence for an LA Fitness location being built mainly in Pawtucket at the corner of Ann Mary Street.

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→ PBN: Riverfront revival in Pawtucket?

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A central focus of Pawtucket and neighboring Central Falls for more than a decade, riverfront redevelopment slowed during the recession, giving local officials the chance to study, plan and prioritize for the recovery.

Now that the economy appears headed in the right direction, some of those plans are being put into motion[.]

An earlier city effort to redevelop [45 Division Street] focused exclusively on building a hotel there, but the winning bid from Carpionato Group stalled when the market collapsed and the city took back control of the land.

A hotel is no longer required and the city is open to a mixed-use project with apartments above first-floor shops.

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→ The Valley Breeze: Momentum building for Pawtucket train station

Development of a future commuter rail station in the city’s Barton Street neighborhood, once little more than a dream, is now a good possibility within the next few years, said state officials last week.

City officials in Pawtucket and neighboring Central Falls say the train station would be a “game changer,” functioning as an economic driver and providing convenient transportation to commuters and tourists along the Northeast Corridor.

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Pawtucket Commuter Rail Station Public Meeting – June 13, 2013

Did you want more transit news today? From the Pawtucket Foundation:

June 13th: 6PM – Commuter Rail Station Public Meeting

You are invited to attend a Rhode Island Department of Transportation and City of Pawtucket Public Meeting

CONCERNING THE POTENTIAL PAWTUCKET COMMUTER RAIL STATION

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Open House: 6:00 PM
Presentation: 6:30 PM

Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center
175 Main Street, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

pawtucket-commuter-rail-logoThe Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the City of Pawtucket invite members of the community to a Public Meeting on Thursday June 13, 2013, to learn more about the Pawtucket Commuter Rail Station Project.

The meeting will take place at the Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket. Beginning at 6:00 PM, representatives from RIDOT, the City of Pawtucket, and the project team, will host an open house to discuss the project and answer questions. At 6:30 PM, RIDOT will present an overview of the Pawtucket Commuter Rail Project, which is exploring options for a potential station to reintroduce commuter rail service to Pawtucket. The Project will evaluate site, environmental, and rail impacts associated with a new station on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Providence Line.

The Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center is located at RIPTA’s Pawtucket Transit Center and is accessible to persons with disabilities. Spanish translation services will be available at the meeting. Individuals who do not speak the English or Spanish languages or who are hearing impaired may contact RIDOT on or before June 6, 2013, to request an interpreter. Please direct interpreter requests to customerservice@dot.ri.gov or (401) 222-2450.

  • Si esta información es necesaria en otro idioma, llame al (401) 222-2450.
  • Se esta informacao e nevessario emu ma outro lingua, contate por favor (401) 222-2450.
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USDOT issues Rhode Island more discretionary grants

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Interlink in Warwick

Recently, the Federal Transportation Adminstration issued two grants for RIPTA and now RIDOT is recieving Federal Highway Administration grants for three projects.

Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment (IBRD) Program • $360,000

Browning Mill Bridge carrying Arcadia road over Roaring Brook: The project uses relatively new bridge replacement technology known as “Bridge in Backpack.” Construction time for this innovative construction method is much faster than the conventional cast-in-place construction technique, improving safety and minimizing traffic impact.

Interstate Maintenance Discretionary (IMD) Program • $3,341,000

I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge Reconstruction Project in Providence*: The project will replace a structurally deficient interstate bridge (between exits 27 and 28 in Pawtucket) that was constructed in 1958 to carry 60,000 vehicles per day but now carries approximately 162,000 vehicles per day.

Transportation, Community and System Preservation Program (TCSP) • $400,000

Warwick Station Transit Oriented Development Economic Development Implementation Plan: TCSP funds will help advance the economic development outreach for a proposed transit project in Warwick.

* This is actually for the Pawtucket River Bridge in Pawtucket, I don’t know why it says Providence, maybe Providence County.

Via: Transportation Nation

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Video: Pawtucket & Central Falls River Corridor Initiative

The two Rhode Island Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls have partnered with The Pawtucket Foundation to champion a river corridor redevelopment initiative. Local businesses, property owners and the State of Rhode Island have teamed up, pooled resources and are working together to catalyze real estate development projects and infrastructure improvements to make the riverfront the centerpiece of revitalization efforts.

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New Pawtucket River Bridge northbound span to open tomorrow

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New Pawtucket River Bridge. Photo © RIDOT

While still behind schedule, RIDOT announced today that the northbound span of the New Pawtucket River Bridge on Route 95 will open to traffic tomorrow, ending years of trucks over 18 tons being detoured on local streets. Southbound traffic will remain on the old bridge while work continues and the southbound weight limits and detours will remain.

To move traffic and restripe northbound lanes, lane closures will occur on Route 95 northbound beginning at 9pm tonight. 95 north will be shut down complete after midnight with all traffic directed to Exit 27 and the Division Street bridge.

Closures are scheduled to end at 5am Friday with all through traffic on the new bridge deck. The School Street exit which was closed earlier this month will also re-open Friday morning.

More information at RIDOT.

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Barry Schiller: Pawtucket’s misguided decision to close the Visitor’s Center

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Image from Google Streetview

Barry Schiller, a retired Rhode Island College math professor, is a long-time member of the State Planning Council’s Transportation Advisory Committee. He also was on the RIPTA Board of Directors 1995-1999.

Have you heard that Pawtucket officials are “doing away with Pawtucket’s RIPTA bus hub?” This was reported in the 11/29 Valley Breeze.

The article indicates that Pawtucket officials believe passengers hanging around at this hub near the Visitors Center are interfering with their hopes for downtown redevelopment. But their proposal is likely to result in passengers losing an indoor waiting room, with access to heat, seating, bathrooms, travel information, and security. Though buses will still stop in downtown Pawtucket and RIPTA has not yet worked out alternative service, closing this facility would likely make passengers have to stand around outdoors, even in the snow, cold and dark that comes at winter and at night. Further, “spreading the service” out among other nearby bus stops, as mentioned in the article, could make it harder to transfer. Passengers may have to wait at isolated locations which are perceived to be less safe.

It is ironic that this comes at a time when RIPTA is investing in enhancing service on the #99 Pawtucket-Providence line.

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Pawtucket 125

As Rhode Island’s capital city celebrates its 375th birthday, our 4th largest city, Pawtucket celebrates its 125th.

While European settlement in what is now Pawtucket surely dates back almost as far as the founding of Providence, the city is celebrating its incorporation as a city, which took place in 1886. Prior to the 1860’s the state line between Rhode Island and Massachusetts was at the Blackstone River and the eastern sections of present day Pawtucket were part of the Commenwealth, specifically, Rehoboth.

The Pawtucket Times has a story about the 125th birthday celebration.

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Inaugural Ride – Bike Train from the East Bay to the Blackstone Valley, July 11

Bike Route marker between the East Bay and Blackstone Bike Paths at India Point Park in Providence
Photo from Cycle Blackstone’s Facebook Page

Monday, July 11 • 8:30am – 11:30am
Along the on-road connector East Providence to Cumberland

Great news – both the sharrows and temporary signage have been installed along the designated route between Cumberland and East Providence! We’re gearing up to hold our press conference and we want to invite you to join us in celebrating the completion of the route.

Please meet us at any of the locations below:

  • 8:30 – Opening Ceremony – East Providence (East Bay Bike Path Parking Lot on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway) Depart at 9:00
  • 9:30 – Speaking – Providence (Lippitt Park at the end of Blackstone Boulevard) Depart at 9:45
  • 10:00 – Speaking – Pawtucket (Pawtucket Visitor’s Center on the corner of Roosevelt and Main) Depart at 10:15
  • 10:30 – Closing Ceremony – Cumberland (Start of Blackstone Valley Bikeway on Jones Street)

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RIDOT to Temporarily Close Portion of I-95 During Overnight Hours in Pawtucket

Pawtucket Route 95 closure and detour map
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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be temporarily closing portions of I-95 in Pawtucket during the overnight hours. Work will begin Sunday, June 12, 2011 in order to dismantle the bridge beams from the George Street Bridge over I-95. RIDOT is replacing the George Street Bridge as part of the Pawtucket River Bridge Replacement Project.

“To ensure the safety of motorists as well as our construction crews, we need to close I-95 while we perform this operation,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “We appreciate the continued patience of the motoring public as we work to complete this project.”

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Pawtucket Downtown Design Plan

The Pawtucket Downtown Design Plan

A new commitment to reshape Pawtucket. The City of Pawtucket, in partnership with the Pawtucket Foundation, have begun a new project to reshape downtown Pawtucket. The Pawtucket Downtown Design Plan (PDDP) is a design study to help improve traffic patterns, parking, public space, and zoning to enhance the quality of downtown for residents, businesses and visitors. The City’s Planning office invited Thurlow Small Architecture – a Pawtucket business that has worked locally and internationally – to lead the design process over the next year and both of us would like to invite you to participate. This is a great opportunity to look at simple things we can do now and bigger things we can work towards in the future to help the city as it continues to revitalize.

First Public Meeting: June 22

Our first community meeting will be held on June 22 at 6:00 pm in the Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center at Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue. This meeting will kick-off the project by introducing the design and consultant team, the project process, and ways you, the public, can get involved.

Come join the conversation!

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Megan Andelloux: The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health before Pawtucket Zoning Board of Review

This post was submitted by friend of GC:PVD Megan Andelloux (A.A.S.E.C.T Certified Sexuality Educator, A.A.S.E.C.T Mentor, A.C.S Board Certified Sexologist). Monday night (11/30/09), she will be going before the Pawtucket Zoning Board of Review to defend her right to educate adults about the topics of sexual health and pleasure. Find out more info on upcoming workshops & sexuality questions at OhMegan.com.

csphYou may have heard about it in the news, The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. It’s the name on many individuals lips. The CSPH has been called a sexual pleasure center, a sex clinic, a sexual health center, a brothel, an abortion clinic, a sex toy store and a havenhouse for sex trafficking. Let me clear rumors folks, The CSPH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing accurate information to adults about sexuality that is seeking to open in The Grant Building on Main Street in Pawtucket. Nothing more, nothing less.

When put that way, it seems pretty fantastic right? A place where adults can go to access information about sexuality without having to buy anything? Like a library? Or a resource center? That’s the plan, but some city officials in Pawtucket (and other individuals) appear to oppose adults being able access sex information. They have taken some serious steps to prevent it from opening.

At first glance, the blatant censorship shines through loud and clear and gives people more than enough to be angry about. But look a little deeper. The issue that lies beneath most censorship issues surface is fear. In this case, it’s a fear of sexuality. People who are opposing The CSPH say it has to do with “the elderly“ not liking that type of talk, that the center doesn’t fit into the town’s image, that it’s not the kind of thing they like OR that they may be teaching immoral things. It’s interesting to me, as the founder of The CSPH, that those who are most vocal about preventing it from opening have never spoken to me, taken me up on offers of visiting The CSPH, or asked me my plans regarding it. They have just become talking heads, ready to attack without knowing the facts.

If we are really invested in growing Rhode Island cities by bringing in tourists, getting people to move into the area, revitalizing our downtown’s, it seems that setting up invisible hoops, only to be used if city officials want to flex their muscles, is not the way to welcome small businesses.

On Monday night (at 6:30pm), I will go before the town of Pawtucket’s zoning appeal board at Pawtucket City Hall, ready to stand firm on my belief that people have the right to access information if they so choose. I hope that you will stand with me.

- Megan Andelloux

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Pawtucket Dragon Boat Races (09/26)

The Pawtucket Dragon Boat Races were cancelled in August due to crazy weather (one of the back to back weekend hurricanes I think). It has been rescheduled for this Saturday:

NEW Rescheduled Event Date:
September 26, 2009 – 10 am

All racers, performers and vendors will participate.

200 kites will be given to the first 200 children. Venue – The races will take place at the Festival Pier, aka School Street Pier, on the Pawtucket River in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Directions – For event site directions use this map or following these directions.

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