A Walgreen’s is almost certain to go up on the site of the former Sears Automotive store at the corner of Frost and North Main according to the city planner responsible for our neighborhood. But whether that’s a flash inthe pan or the first step toward a developed commercial area is not clear.
Last night 32 concerned neighbors filled Sandwich Hut on North Main Street for an evening meeting on that street’s development prospects. Lt. Schiavulli of District 8 Police Commander and city planner Bonnie Lloyd of Providence Planning and Development provided expertise. A very broad ranging discussion clarified what we do know and lot that we don’t know about North Main – including who owns what and why the Providence Rennaissance has bypassed that street. About 10 people took active assignments in one of three research groups:
1. Jon Howard and several others will call specific developers and retailers as well as Providence Economic Development to open a conversation about them, N.Main and what’s keeping them apart.
2. Michelle Tuck and her team will do a street inventory of all properties by owner and use.
3. Aaron Masri and his team will read Bonnie Lloyd’s draft design guide (which is also sort of a development plan… or idea… for No. Main) to see if it offers us the basic plan / vision from which to begin.
We meet again on April 27, with subgroups meeting the week before to get ready. I’ll post more details and links from last nights meeting by early next week.