Cranston City Council Resolution passed in regards to the proposed CVS in Edgewood:
THE CITY OF CRANSTON
RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL ENCOURAGING RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE HISTORIC WATERFRONT NATURE OF THE EDGEWOOD/PAWTUXET VILLAGE AREA
John E. Lanni, Jr., Council President
Whereas, The City of Cranston was recently ranked the best community to live in Rhode Island by GoLocal.com, and
Whereas, one of the aspects which contributed significantly to this ranking was the historical, waterfront Edgewood/Pawtuxet Village area, calling it one of the State’s most “picturesque villages” and
Whereas, area residents, as well as the City of Cranston generally, take great pride in the historical and tranquil nature of this community and are concerned with the preservation of neighborhood’s character and seek to prevent further erosion by irresponsible developments which are incompatible with the area, and
Whereas, the tranquil, historical waterfront character of this neighborhood is under constant threat and vulnerable to irresponsible overly aggressive commercial development by developers motivated solely by bottom line profits whoignore their corporate civic responsibility to the area residents in which they seek to locate or develop, and
Whereas, the CVS Corporation is currently in the active planning stages of a new store to be located at the corner of Broad Street and Norwood Avenue, one of the highly visible entry points to this “picturesque village” and historic waterfront community, and
Whereas, the project by CVS presents a unique opportunity to not only preserve and protect the picturesque, historical and waterfront character of the area, but also enhance it, and has exhibited sensitivity to local concerns and corporate responsibility in developments in other historical areas in of the State, and U/Resolutions/Edgewood Pawtuxet Village CVS
Whereas, the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Review receive various applications and petitions from individuals doing business or seeking to do business in this area which present an opportunity to present further deterioration of the underlying nature of this community, and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, that the Cranston City Council hereby appeals to the Chief Executive Officer and President of the CVS Corporation to be a good neighbor to the resident areas, by being responsive to their concerns, and assist the City of Cranston in preserving and protecting this neighborhood;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the Cranston City Council hereby urges the CVS Corporation to work closely with area residents, the Mayor, the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Review on this project, to protect this “picturesque village” and historic waterfront community as a valuable asset to the City of Cranston; and further urges the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Review to make the preservation of the historical, waterfront character of this neighborhood a primary consideration in any future projects they review.
The City Clerk shall forward certified copies of this Resolution to the Chief Executive Officer and President of CVS, the members of the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Review.
Sponsored by Council Vice President Livingston, Cosponsored by Councilmen Lupino
Kudos to the Cranston City Council…but wouldn’t it have been better to throw a couple “Where As’s” to the Planning Dept to develop and more comprehensive and and stringent code to preserve the neighborhood character of the area instead of appealing to the kindness of developers on a case by case basis!
Makes me wonder if this resolution would have come out had it not been an election year.