Pawtucket awards Blackstone River Corridor development project

August 1, 2012 - We're pleased to announced that LLB Architects is part of a project team that has been awarded the River Corridor Development Plan project, along with master planners Vanasse Hangen Brustlin and economic planning consultant Britt Page Consulting. Read more about the project on this press release from The Pawtucket Foundation below.

Image above from a video highlighting the Pawtucket & Central Falls River Corridor Initiative.

August 01, 2012 City awards $100K contract for Blackstone River Corridor development

PAWTUCKET (8/1/12) -- 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.

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.

The analysis will include recommendations for improvements including land development uses, suggested zoning changes, building and design guidelines and landscape and infrastructure improvements. A market positioning strategy will assess development opportunities from a regional perspective. The work will also include an illustrative master development plan, marketing package to developers and a website describing the project, its recommendations and development opportunities.

VHB has assembled a multidisciplinary team, including LLB Architects and Britt Page Consulting to work with local stakeholders in a multi-jurisdictional partnership to “brand” an economic development strategy with the Blackstone River as the centerpiece.

Thomas A. Mann, Jr., executive director of The Pawtucket Foundation, said, “We are excited to have forged a partnership with property owners, the Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls, the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and Slater Mill Museum. We are equally excited to see the hard work of our strategic planning process coming to fruition.”