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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?

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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