Pawtucket's 20/20 Development Vision: Transform the Growth Center into a dymamic walkable city center that appeals to modern preferences, attracts new businesses, and offers an array of recreational, housing, entertainment, cultural, tourism, business and job opportunities. Build on the momentum of projects underway or in the pipeline to set the stage for them to catalyze others. Drive progress in the Growth Center which will in turn produce additional resources to invest in our neighborhoods.
Mission: Build a representative coalition from the community to advocate for Pawtucket's 20/20 Development Vision, increate public awareness and input, attract additional financial investments, promote projects to completion, and encourage business and community activation.
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PAWTUCKET, RI (July 22, 2017) – Pawtucket’s 20/20 Committee Co-Chairs Sandra Cano and Mark House announced the creation of a new website, theballparkatslatermill.com, to address questions regarding the proposal to build a ballpark in downtown Pawtucket, and to articulate the catalytic effects a new ballpark would have on downtown Pawtucket. The website offers documents that contrast the proposal for the Ballpark at Slater Mill with the failed 38 Studios deal, and that demonstrate the differences between the current proposal and the failed 2015 Providence ballpark proposal. In addition, the website includes artistic renderings, potential development sites surrounding the ballpark, an Economic Analysis performed by Brailsford & Dunlavey, and the McCoy Study produced by Pendulum Studio. Materials included in the website were produced for and by the City of Pawtucket, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and/or the State of Rhode Island (McCoy Study).Pawtucket’s 20/20 Vision was launched April 3, 2017, by Mayor Donald R. Grebien. The vision includes development already underway as well as future plans for the riverfront and downtown areas, including the commuter rail station and transit hub, the bikeway, and new businesses investing in the city. Pawtucket’s 20/20 Committee is focusing efforts on the potential of a ballpark to serve as a catalyst of redevelopment for Downtown Pawtucket. The committee will then expand its advocacy to build upon all projects in the Growth Center District.Sandra Cano is a Pawtucket City Councilor At-Large and Assistant Vice President of Business and Community Development at Navigant Credit Union. She is also on the board of directors of the YWCA of Rhode Island, Latino Public Radio, ECAS Theater, RI Latino Arts and Serve Rhode Island. Mark House is the Vice President and Senior Scientist at Environmental Strategies and Management. He sits on the Pawtucket Foundation Board, as well as the Pawtucket YMCA Board of Directors. He is the owner of the renovated mill complex at 65 Blackstone Avenue in Pawtucket.The website includes an opportunity for citizens to add their name to the Pawtucket 20/20 coalition.Visit www.theballparkatslatermill.com
Why Now?At this moment, Pawtucket is in a position to benefit fromprivate-public investment into four major initiatives:Commuter Rail StationNational Historical ParkMajor League AAA-affiliate BallparkBlackstone Valley Bike PathTheir locations bookend the City’s Growth Center,where the potential for tax revenue generation is highest.
RIGHT NOW, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to seize thislimited window of opportunity to transform the City.
Why Downtown Pawtucket?Rhode Island’s gateway city, Pawtucket is seated atop theRoute 95 corridor, poised to make a major impact.
A Commuter Rail through the downtown will open a new bedroom community with housing for people of all incomes job opportunities for new and emerging industries access to training and education ... in a walkable, bikeable mixed use community. The 2020 survey should be front and center as well.A brand new AAA-affiliate Ballpark visible from Route 95will offer a striking state welcome, and spur development alongBroadway, Walcott & School Streets.The new National Park will bring gateway signage, federalinvestment, and spikes in visitation, attracting commerce alongRoosevelt Ave, lower Broadway and Main St.The Craft Beer Industry has taken root here, producing mil-lions of cans annually, beckoning beer aficionados.The riverfront and the uniquely-designed Festival Pier haveattracted mixed-use investment along Division Street.
What’s in it for the rest of us?A strong, lively, walkable and attractive downtownIncreased property values, a more stable tax baseJob opportunities, infrastructure improvementsand, renewed civic and community pride.
I’ve hear this all before...So have we all, and that’s why this time business leaders,legislators, the Pawtucket Foundation, arts and culture advocates,and residents who want to see Pawtucket succeed have joined forces
as Pawtucket’s VISION 20-20 TASK FORCE, to work toward getting this done!
IT’S PAWTUCKET’S TIME!! Voice your support!