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Up to You: French Worsted

If it were up to you, what would you like to see happen to the soon-to-be-razed Hamlet Avenue property?

From Main Street to Diamond Hill Road to Fairmount Street, Woonsocket has more than its fair share of vacant buildings and empty properties. Some have been empty for years while others see a rotating crop of businesses.

But, if it were up to you, what would you like to see happen to these spaces? Each week, we'll feature one empty building, lot or area in Woonsocket and ask our readers what they'd like to see there.

A mini-mall? A community center? A Thai restaurant? A movie theater? What do you want?

This week: the former French Worsted Mill property. Demolition has begun on this 6.6 acre complex and soon the historic brick buildings will be nothing but a memory. If it were up to you, what should happen to this property?

Uncle Ben November 17, 2011 at 08:01 PM
A Brand New Firestation with state of the art equipment, A Youth Center for trouble and bored kids. A Roller Rink. ir even a Brand New Cityhall, they could use the car tax money they are robbing.
Meesh November 17, 2011 at 08:45 PM
I would like to see an affordable, basic Italian restasurant. Where in the city can you find a good bowl of pasta? Nowhere.
JR November 17, 2011 at 11:42 PM
John, Excellent idea on a commuter rail but forget the condo's. There are enough of them in the city and many empty. You can't even sell them unless that are short sales of foreclosers way bellow value.
Garrett Mancieri November 18, 2011 at 01:37 AM
I would like to see an indoor sports complex where people could join sports leagues. It would be a great addition to the bike path and a place for kids to go after school.
dave November 18, 2011 at 02:07 AM
indoor sports complex is a great idea...along with it maybe a place to rent bikes - roller blades - helmets and also include a skate park for the kids. Bike rentals would do real good there in the summer attracting people.
Lynn B November 18, 2011 at 05:21 AM
I would like to see a mall.Many people travel out of town to malls,when it would nice to see money spent in this city if we had a mall.We lack stores in this city,especially in that area of the city.
Sandy Phaneuf November 18, 2011 at 06:09 AM
Great photos, Dave! Thanks for sharing.
Jared Perry November 18, 2011 at 03:27 PM
I would like to see a new playground because i think a nice playground would be cool to have right at the end of the bike path
lorrie scullin November 18, 2011 at 05:18 PM
I would like to see something that is going to be on the tax roll and not just another empty lot!
Jackie November 18, 2011 at 05:33 PM
I like the idea of a place to rent bikes, helmets, roller skates, etc. Also a family restaurant, not fast food though. Maybe an combo ice cream/bakery shop too would do well. Not sure how many use laundry mats, but that would be nice too. I liked the Mill House Restaurant way back when. They had such a nice brunch!
Uncle Ben November 18, 2011 at 05:57 PM
iI have another Idea I didn't see yet, how about a New Elementary School for all the children. it would eliminate alot of jobs, like maybe 20 janitors, 20 principals and then we can start saving money for the taxpayers.
Woonsocket Hope November 19, 2011 at 04:42 AM
City and State need to work on getting commuter rail into the city. When and if that happens businesses will start to move in. Right now there in no reason to do any business in this city. No one here but low income. Maybe a commuter stop on River St in the empty lot next to Bargin Outlet. Lots of room for parking.
Woonsocket Hope November 19, 2011 at 04:45 AM
Who's got the money for that ?
Woonsocket Hope November 19, 2011 at 04:49 AM
We have a playground on the bike path that no one uses and a putting green and 2 soccer fields no one uses.
EssaySea November 19, 2011 at 09:38 PM
Great idea. Good ideas can find money.
EssaySea November 19, 2011 at 09:42 PM
I do like the idea of commuter rail. Has anyone ever considered trying to attract a college here? Empty complexes make great campuses...and old mill towns make great places for "sustainability" programs which are so popular these days among colleges/universities. I'd love to see an sustainable engineering focused school of some sort. It would complement both our past and our future. There has to be a school or two out there somewhere currently "making do" inside a strip mall. LOL

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