Pawtucket moves to enable use of eminent domain for Apex site

Updated at 3: 45 p.m. on Oct. 16, 2020.

THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET has made preliminary moves to enable the use of eminent domain over the five privately-owned parcels that constitute the Apex site in Downtown Pawtucket. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES
THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET has made preliminary moves to enable the use of eminent domain over the five privately owned parcels that constitute the Apex site downtown. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES
PAWTUCKET – The city has taken preliminary moves to acquire the Apex site by eminent domain. The city sent a letter to the Pawtucket City Council and Redevelopment Agency seeking amendments to the city’s redevelopment plan to enable the use of eminent domain over the five parcels that constitute the site. “Years of good faith…

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  1. My suggestion is to re-purpose the Apex building into a true RI Factory Outlet and Museum. Feature all things Made in RI from our early history to present from the smallest item to the largest. Possibly move the BVTC there and make it a gateway to RI as an ambassadorship concept to invite commerce from around the world to learn of the opportunity we offer for Manufacturing – all directly across from Slater Mill: The Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.

  2. My suggestion would be to turn the Apex facility Into an Aquarium that would be tied to the University of Rhode Island School of Oceanography and its Bay Campus. This tie to one of the country’s preeminent schools of oceanography would make the Aquarium truly unique and distinguish it from the New England Aquarium in Boston and the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. One of the features of the Aquarium could be a fleet of exhibition vessels that would traverse Narragansett Bay, making a series of learning cruises of varying length between Pawtucket and the URI Bay Campus. The cruises would explore and point out various features and unique phenomena, flora, fauna and marine species that make up the Narragansett Bay and its estuary system.