Why is it so hard to build in Providence?

Under review: A rendering of a $50 million student-housing development on Richmond Street proposed by Dallas-based ?Phoenix Property Co. The project would occupy a full block in walking distance to a proposed ballpark. / COURTESY PHOENIX PROPERTY CO.
Under review: A rendering of a $50 million student-housing development on Richmond Street proposed by Dallas-based ?Phoenix Property Co. The project would occupy a full block in walking distance to a proposed ballpark. / COURTESY PHOENIX PROPERTY CO.
The small brick building on Richmond Street in Providence doesn't look like it has the power to delay a $50 million development. But it already…

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  1. The new owners of the PawSox must be aware of these problems. That is why the new owners should have given Pawtucket a chance to make the needed improvements in McCoy Stadium. Pawtucket could have provided the funds for these renovations by putting a $2.00 surcharge on each ticket sold. For the last seven years, the average attendance at McCoy Stadium has been just under 9000 fans. 1.3 million dollars could be raised each year to pay for the needed improvements. No tax deal, no property donations and no bonding fees would be needed. Gasolene prices are very low, heating oil prices are very low, the economy is getting better and the loyal fans in the Blackstone Valley will fill McCoy Stadium. In 2005 and 2006, the PawSox led the league in attendance. To be fair, the new owners of the PawSox should have given Pawtucket a chance to make the required improvements to McCoy Stadium. Everyone should be demanding that the new owners of the PawSox give Pawtucket this chance.

  2. While I can agree with Ken B. on many issues posted, the one thing that is quite obvious today is that Pawtucket is not the best venue any longer. Despite leading in attendance in 2005-2006 (10 years ago!), the truth is attendance has been falling quite rapidly the past few years. McCoy is in the middle of nowhere and there is absolutely nothing to do after the game but leave. The stadium (while nice) is not able to be utilized to it’s fullest economic potential. Providence is much better suited for that. Now, I’m not saying that there isn’t anyplace where it could be better in Pawtucket, it’s just not it’s current location. Also, let’s not forget that Pawtucket did absolutely NOTHING about this issue for years. Isn’t it funny how the city said they had all these big, bold plans for the McCoy area AFTER the team said “See you later, aligator”? Also, I think it’s also very important to note that there are many “loyal fans” of the team that do not live in the Blackstone Valley.

  3. To Ken C The average cost of a ticket at McCoy would be $10.00 with free parking. What is it going to cost to go to a game at a stadium in Providence? In addition, access to McCoy Stadium would be easier and reduce carbon emissions in Rhode Island. The 6 mile Providence & Worcester (P&W) rail right of way from Pawtucket to the Washington Bridge in East Providence could be developed to provide a MBTA Commuter Rail connection to McCoy Stadium and provide a new bike path that would connect McCoy Stadium to the East Bay Bike Path. Baseball fans who live in the East Bay, the East Side and Fox Point could ride their bikes to watch the PawSox at McCoy Stadium. These two projects would be developed using mostly federal funds.