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As the Interstate 195 relocation project winds down, some of the area between the highway and Narragansett Bay in the Fox Point neighborhood will stop being a construction staging area. As a result, there has been much public discussion about what to do with the land, specifically the parcel that the state took over that included the former Shooters nightclub.
The state has said that it is required to maximize the value of the land as it relinquishes use of the lot, meaning that it might auction it to the highest bidder, which could be a residential or commercial developer.
But neighborhood advocates would like the head of the Bay to become a resource that all people would have access to, and thus would like to see it developed as public space, whether for more open space or as an outdoor entertainment venue. They are also not enamored of the idea of a high-rise condominium blocking the view of the Bay for those homes in Fox Point north of the highway.
In a city that sits at the head of Narragansett Bay, yet has much of its waterfront occupied by commercial and industrial interests, should the state make sure that the reclaimed section of Fox Point is a public resource?