To the Editor:
The United States Department of Transportation has announced grants, including $400,000 for Warwick’s Intermodal Station District being created adjacent to the TF Green Airport. Mayor Scott Avedisian has correctly noted that this money will be extremely useful in projecting the marketability for the redevelopment of this site.
I visualize a robust commercial and recreational "downtown" for our great city, with the potential creation of hundreds of new jobs within sight of the airport, where Governor Chafee recently welcomed Jet Blue Airlines. Restaurants, stores and other venues would create a destination location for the many fine hotels in our area and add to our economic strength.
I am proud to have played a part in this, when second passage of the enabling legislation was passed by the Warwick City Council by a 5-4 vote by (then) Councilmen Avedisian, Pisaturo, DeGregorio, Sirr and myself and signed into law on December 16, 1998 (PCO-41-98) by Mayor Lincoln Chafee, nearly 14 years ago.
An idea that began in the fertile mind of the late U.S. Senator John H. Chafee has become a reality that will benefit future generations of our people.
Independent Candidate for City Council Ward 7