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How Should Middletown Develop Navy Surplus Land?

Town officials say the planning phase of the project has ended. What would you like to see on the development models?

Three Aquidneck Island communities have been holding public meetings, hearings and gathering comments on how to best use roughly 175 acres of west side land parcels surplused by the Navy. 

On Tuesday night, Middletown Town Administrator Shawn Brown told Middletown Town Council members that by this June, the project's initial models will be completed and councilors will have decisions to make.  Brown said the project has moved into the implementation phase.  “We no longer talk about what we want to do, we talk about the mechanics of what we want to do with the property,” said Brown.

Middletown has three potential development projects.  How would you like to see these lands used?

Defense Highway, Middletown and Portsmouth

Straddling Middletown and Portsmouth, approximately 67 acres along portions of Defense Highway, Stringham Road, and Midway/Greene Lane. Up to the Portsmouth line, Middletown has around 25 acres. Brown says the plan is to build a park similar to Brenton Point with pedestrian activities and a kayak launch.

The Navy Lodge

The Navy Lodge is targeted for potential mixed-use development, to include retail, commercial and office space. Road improvements were also suggested for the corner of the property to allow a right-hand-turn lane at the West Main/Coddington and West Main/East Main intersections.

The site would have to be re-zoned for the intended uses, as it is currently zoned for residential use. Plans for redevelopment among adjacent municipal and private properties were also suggested.

John F. Kennedy School

There is an opportunity to develop parcels behind the JFK School. 

Bill Carson February 20, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Please ! No More Commercial Wind Turbines ! They don't work ! Look at the Portsmouth High School wind turbine- a politicial embarrassment to every tax payer in Rhode Island Wind-Turbine-Sickness-Video-Wind-Rush http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiCQabGuKFk
Jane Wolk Wheeler February 21, 2013 at 03:59 PM
There are plenty of wind turbines that DO work. Unfortunately Portsmouth went with the lowest bidder, a company that no longer exists, And is now stuck for repairs. This is not always the case. Please don't try to scare people. We can each think for ourselves.
East side February 21, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Bill - not true. Let's not use Portsmouth as an example. Instead, lets use the Abbey, Hodges Badge as successful examples. The wind turbine in Portsmouth is a represenation of the town council at that time. Useless. Let's also not use Portsmouth as an example for a transfer station or septic plan. Two other disasters.
Bill Carson February 21, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Please review this Complaint of Public Corruption and Fraud in the case of the East Bay Energy Consortium, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, and Town of Bristol. http://www.hummelreport.org/images/docs/2.21.2013.riggs.pdf Please read thisoutstanding reportage. This reporter needs commendation. The Hummel Report for Tuesday February 21, 2013 http://www.hummelreport.org/2.21.2013.wind.html

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