New plans for rezoning waterfront

SOLD FOR SCRAPS: Promet Marine Service is now home to a scrap-metal yard after being purchased by an international scrap-metal recycler. / PBN PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN
SOLD FOR SCRAPS: Promet Marine Service is now home to a scrap-metal yard after being purchased by an international scrap-metal recycler. / PBN PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN
Sweeping visions of hotels, shops and restaurants lining Providence’s industrial waterfront appear dead following the sale of the Promet Marine Services ship-repair yard on Allens Avenue to an international scrap-metal recycler. Pulling back from the broad rezoning plans pushed by past mayors to allow a wide range of commercial and residential uses along Allens Avenue,…

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  1. The lack of vision and the inability to accept change that has rocked so many other cities is astounding. Angel Tavares is not a man of vision or daring. What a waste of a waterfront. For old cities when the zoning was unknown and not a factor in their early development, many cities wasted valuable space on specialized and unsuitable businesses. Enlightened cities rectified those old mistakes, but Providence clings to them with some misguided notion that it has economic benefit. Maybe because I am a senior citizen, but I have heard for decades that the Providence waterfront was going to be revitalized and nothing has happened. To waste a potentially beautiful waterfront with oil storage tanks and scraps which not only take up plenty of space and pay minimal property taxes and provide only a small number of jobs. I do not understand the objection to condos. It’s not like Providence has many condos lining the waterfront. It has ZERO. The taxes they would pay should be attractive enough. But I guess Mayor No Vision Tavares wants strip clubs and dirty businesses.

  2. Richard, you’re tired, old and, to be honest, you have overstayed your welcome. Mr. Taveras (learn to spell his name, jerk) is, by far, the best mayor we’ve had yet. As is typical of your kind, you and your generation drove this state off the cliff and your kind still has the gaul to spit your comments on here as if anyone would take you seriously. As a Providence resident, I will continue to support our mayor and his correct vision on this matter. Fake condos no one will buy does not replace the blue collar jobs that exist there…period. End of discussion.

  3. When I was a youngster travelling over the Washington Bridge on family trips I will always remember the huge multiple piles of scrap metal that filled the area where India Point Park now sits. I surely hope that this is not the future view on the Providence River. Take a trip down to Baltimore – an aquarium, Hard Rock Cafe, Ravens football and Orioles baseball stadiums and many hotels, shops and restaurants fill their waterfront – along with many boat tour vendors. Why isn’t Providence moving in this direction? You have WaterFire and RI Shellfish – that’s a great beginning to commercial growth and tourism. Do you think that the investors in these type businesses will come forward when a scrap metal plant is their neighbor? Isn’t the city investing in a multi-million dollar visitor center bridge between So. Main and Eddy St.? Why bother – are the visitors going to have to view scrap metal plant and the noise and smells that go with it?