Seekonk residents vote down rezoning for multifamily use at Showcase Cinemas site

SEEKONK – Residents in a special town meeting voted down a proposed rezoning of land adjacent to a former Showcase Cinemas site, the Town Clerk’s Office confirmed Feb. 5.

Developer H. Charles Tapalian, who owns the 22-acre property, had proposed two separate uses for the site. One plan would convert the former cinema into a marijuana-processing and/or grow facility. Another plan voted on Feb. 4 would have rezoned some of the property to accommodate multifamily housing units. Tapalian originally proposed roughly 100 townhouses on the site but has since reportedly had interest in building 240 units, according to WJAR-TV NBC 10.

The undeveloped 15 acres that would have housed the multifamily units is currently zoned for single-family residences.

Tapalian, manager of Providence-based R.I. Seekonk Holdings LLC, purchased the Showcase property for $3.7 million last September.

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The property, at 800 Fall River Ave., has been vacant for a decade.