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Town ramping up Arctic redevelopment efforts

May 30, 2014

WEST WARWICK — With no current plans for the vacant lot in Arctic which once held the Archambault building (previously the old Ferrucci’s New York System), Town Manager Fred Presley says a Redevelopment Authority is necessary for any future progress. The building on Washington Street was demolished last fall in hopes of decreasing one of the eyesores created by blighted buildings throughout town.

Initially, the decision to remove the dilapidated building stemmed from a 2012 study written by The Cecil Group, a consulting firm, called “Arctic Village Redevelopment Strategy” that recommended the town to establish a Redevelopment Authority and designate the Arctic district as a redevelopment area in accordance with the Redevelopment Act of 1956.

The act allows the town to establish a Redevelopment Authority in an effort to eliminate any substandard areas and calls for their replacement with stable, safe, integrated neighborhoods.

In January 2014, the planning board recommended to the town council that the council designate Arctic Village Redevelopment Area.
There is a call for residents to step forward for the anticipated committee of five, preferably those experienced in real estate, law, financing and anything involved with major development projects. No members have been selected yet; however, a handful of resumes have been submitted to the clerk’s office for possible consideration for the committee, and more submissions are encouraged.

This past March, a town ordinance was passed granting full power to the Redevelopment Authority backed by state law.
Although plans for the lot are still at ground zero as far as initial development, the concerted effort to better the district is in full swing. According to Presley, ideally, the members will be appointed by the second town council meeting in June.


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