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City awards contract for Corridor development

August 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With a new gateway bridge well under construction, a regional bicycle path in design and the consideration of a new national park before Congress, the Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls have now partnered with The Pawtucket Foundation to unlock the development potential of the two communities’ historic riverfront corridor.
Following an extensive market analysis and development feasibility study funded by The Pawtucket Foundation, the City of Pawtucket has awarded a nearly $100,000 consultant contract to Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. to detail a plan to catalyze redevelopment along the Blackstone River Corridor that runs through the two cities.
VHB’s plan was chosen in a request for proposals process that began in May. The $98,730 contract was approved Monday, July 23 by the Pawtucket Purchasing Board.
The scope of work will include identifying real estate development strategies, designing riverfront amenities including improved access and stormwater management, and ways to encourage public/private partnerships with innovative financing approaches, along with other incentives to encourage private investment.
“This is the next step we need to take to unlock the great untapped potential of our riverfront, which historically gave rise to the economic growth that Pawtucket and Central Falls were built on,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien.
Grebien also noted that an initial focus will be on the “highest and best use” for the city-owned 7.4-acre site off Division Street, formerly home to a car dealership, which is again open for redevelopment following a recent legal settlement.

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