WESTERLY — Anybody considering working a marina and probably conducting different waterfront operations will quickly have a chance to be thought-about to lease town-owned land on the Pawcatuck River.
The City Council, throughout a gathering scheduled for Monday at City Corridor at 5:30 p.m., will talk about in search of proposals for property at 23 Margin St. A 25-year lease that began in 1999 with Westerly Marina Inc., a personal enterprise, is ready to run out on Oct. 31.
Along with 50 boat slips, the 4.35-acre property additionally features a public boat launch for Westerly residents and an workplace/restroom/retail space. There are additionally two pump-out stations, one on the waterside and the opposite within the car parking zone for trailer-accessible vessels. The positioning additionally has about 100 parking areas together with some for trailers.
City Council President Sharon Ahern agreed that almost all residents in all probability usually are not accustomed to the property or conscious the city owns it. She referred to as it “a gem that hasn’t actually been polished so we hope some individuals will step ahead with some new concepts.”
For years, Ahern stated, residents have mentioned a need for “water entry between downtown and Watch Hill.” She additionally famous that native fishermen have lengthy sought a dock to promote their catch within the city.
“There are all types of issues which are doable for somebody with a imaginative and prescient,” Ahern stated.
In different enterprise, the council will proceed engaged on a brand new contract with Fuss & O’Neill, the environmental engineering agency that’s engaged on a proposal to enhance fish passage within the Pawcatuck River on the website of the Potter Hill Mill. Fuss & O’Neill is working below a three-year grant to the city from the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agency advisable full removing of the dam however the City Council is opting to pursue an possibility that might barely decrease the dam and require development of an engineered lengthy, pure passage to assist fish get by the world.
The Wooden-Pawcatuck Watershed Affiliation just lately introduced its opposition to the council’s plan for the dam and questioned whether or not the plan might ever acquire approval by state and federal regulatory businesses. Ahern confused that the council’s possibility shall be topic to the scrutiny of the regulators as soon as it’s designed. The assessment course of by the regulators will embrace a public remark interval, she stated.
“There shall be a lot of transparency,” Ahern stated.
The council can also be scheduled to conduct a closed door, government session to debate a number of points, together with a former gasoline processing plant property on Canal Avenue owned the Nationwide Grid. The utility firm just lately undertook an intensive environmental remediation of the property. City officers have lengthy had their sights set on the property as a possible public car parking zone to assist alleviate a parking crunch within the downtown space. Earlier this 12 months, former City Supervisor Mark Rooney stated negotiations between the city and the corporate had ended as a result of the 2 sides had been unable to agree on a lease worth. Ahern stated the council desires to find out “if there’s a approach for the city to maneuver ahead with the Nationwide Grid property.”