Riverside Square informational meeting scheduled for Tuesday night

Riverside Square informational meeting scheduled for Tuesday night


EAST PROVIDENCE (Updated, Feb. 10, 5 p.m.) — Residents from throughout the city and specifically those close by are urged to attend a Riverside Square neighborhood community meeting Tuesday evening, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the Riverside Congregational Church, located at 15 Oak Ave.

The meeting centers on plans for the redevelopment of land that once housed the former VAMCO jewelry plant along with a pair of dilapidated homes on adjacent parcels on Bullocks Point Avenue just off Riverside Square.

After remediation of the land, a chain link fence has encased the property for the better part of the last year. The main question to be asked is “what do you think will replace the fence?…Shopping?…Housing?…Office space?…Or a little bit of everything?

East Providence Community Development Coordinator David Bachrach is expected to participate in the meeting to gain insight and ideas from the community.

“I will present a status of the site namely that it is almost cleaned to the point when it can be developed. I will then solicit ideas as to what the community would like to see developed. Lastly, I will broaden the discussion out to Riverside in general. I expect some discussion regarding affordable housing,” Mr. Bachrach said of his expectations for the meeting.