The is potentially one meeting away from greenlighting plans to convert the former Navy Lodge property and adjacent public lands at the West Main Road-Coddington Highway junction into a village-style center for business, retail and government center uses.
Following a final presentation of the 110-page document outlining the conceptual redevelopment plans Monday night, Middletown Planning Director Ronald Wolanski requested the council's endorsement at their meeting scheduled for Oct. 3 in order for the project to move forward.
Planning consultant Geoffrey Morrison-Logan of the firm V.H.B. walked the council through the elements of the plan and gave a glimpse of the next steps to come, which will involve a zoning review, marketing and outreach to potential developers, as well as additional talks with the , Parks & Recreation Department and the to assess their facility needs as the town eyes the conversions of the recreational ball field, library and closed
During the spring and summer, the Town of Middletown gathered public input over a series of workshops and hearings as the Planning Department fine-tuned the plan and as the Town of Middletown proceeded through the land conveyance application process with the Aquidneck Island Reuse Planning Authority (AIRPA).
In July, AIRPA approved Middletown’s reuse plans for the Navy surplus property at the corner of West Main Road and Coddington Highway, as well as for waterfront property to develop a park on the west side off Green Lane. In August, AIRPA submitted the town's application to the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD) for their final approvals.
According to Middletown Town Administrator Shawn Brown on Monday night, to date the planning for the west side redevelopment project has cost about $90,000, with Middletown paying about $45,000 and the and the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission contributing the other $45,000.
For more information
- View Monday night's presentation on the Town of Middletown website.
- The complete 110-page document also is available to view in the image gallery above.
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