By LINDSAY OLIVIER
NORTH KINGSTOWN – Since a fire destroyed the old Mancini’s Hardware store on Tower Hill Road in 2005, the site has sat vacant.
Soon, however, it will be demolished and replaced with Pawtucket Credit Union.
Mancini’s had been around for 40 years when lighting struck an electrical service box causing the blaze. The existing 0.97 acres houses the former 12,025 square-foot store and is zoned general business.
There are two lots that are a part of the application and are owned by the same owner. Those lots will merge in order to accommodate the bank. The proposed plans include demolishing the structure as well as the house on the adjacent lot behind the parking lot and build ing a 2,500 square-foot commercial building and associated parking.
The proposed plan is still in the development plan review stage and is scheduled to go before the zoning board on April 10 for a special use permit for the drive-thru and several other variances.
In other planning news, the former home of Tim Horton’s cofee shop, 6689 Post Road, will be transformed into Premier Automotive, an automotive repair shop that’s currently located in East Greenwich and owned by Jorge Almeida. The 0.9 acre property contains the 2,195 square-foot former coffee shop and the proposed plans include keeping the structure and adding a 5,568 square-foot addition. The plans have gotten zoning board approval but have yet to apply for a development plan review.
According to town principal planner Becky Lamond, the applicants still need development plan approval before they can move forward.