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The old middle school at Park Place.

How nice would it be to turn the old middle school complex into condos that at least would bring a life breath into this real estate complex, and possibly add some much needed tax dollars to the tax roll. But no, after seeing what Mr. Fernandez had to deal with on his St. Francis project endeavor, a project like this would be totally out of the question for any developers. Remember "Density"! What a shame, and the city council argues about a guy who wants to open up an Ebay selling service on Main St. Classic!

Andrea Mencarini February 09, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Yes Woonsocket, build some more apartments that people can't afford to live in. You guys better get creative and fast, or there won't be a woonsocket. What are your plans with Diamond Hill? Just let it be a wasteland, build something where people can earn money, create a few jobs in this city.
give me a break February 10, 2014 at 06:08 AM
what a brainy idea just what we need more empty condos
MAE February 10, 2014 at 09:59 AM
Maybe we could turn it into a detention center...bet it would fill up quickly in this town! A casino, sure...anything that would make money gets boohoo'd so forget that...you got the "not in my back yard" mentality running rampant around here! How about a park for the homeless and druggies, take some of the burden off WWII park? Maybe it can just stand empty until it falls to ruin and then the do gooders will complain when they need to knock it down like the mill on Hamlet...because your destroying history. So many options. You can't do houses or condos because who wants to move into a dying city. It's a residential area and it's somewhat out of the way so no business is going to want it. My ideas are used up. Anyone else have some? Ditto Diamond Hill, although the possibilities are better there...but there's that 'not in my backyard' issue again! Poor Woonie...going to hell in a hand basket!
Steve February 10, 2014 at 04:07 PM
I know huh gmab, why would anyone think of turning a derelict building around and actually putting it back on the tax rolls. According to you, I guess, just let it burn like the other mill fires in city right? It would look good as another non-cared for empty lot right? That's progressive thinking....... The main issue this city has, is "know nothings" on the City Council or the Finance Committee, that actually have a clue on how to get this city back on track. The city needs to look at "ALL" assets, water, sewer, fire, police, school, etc, and finally decide what the city can afford, what the city needs to sell off, and what the city can't afford. Until this time comes, we will be constantly involved in this "Groundhog Day" scenario where nothing gets done, and nothing gets achieved moving forward! All this while the great Woonsocket exodus is occurring! Unreal!
Russell Archambault February 10, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Its now obvious that none of you on patch knows anything about old buildings that could be reformed to benefit Woonsocket. Here are some great ideas. (1) Homeless shelter for the unfortunate. (1-a) IF ANY OF YOU HAD A BRAIN, you know that this building has a kitchen, A food kitchen FOR THE POOR AND HUNGRY CHILDREN. 2) Home for unwed mothers about to have babies. (3) full time kindergarten for the entire state. ( 4) A museum ( 5)City Hall with parking. ( 6) An indoor park. ( 6) An art center ( A welcoming center for all the new immigrants that Obama will be letting in. (7) private school so the kids can have a real place to learn, so we don't have to deal with dr. annoyance. ( 8)A multi cultural complex, to learn about different cultures (9) A new fire station sub station to house all the ranking firemen. ( 10) use the chimney stack for a new water tower. These are just a few ideas without any thought at all.
Meesh February 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM
Russ, you always have great ideas. Too bad no one in charge does.
christine m February 11, 2014 at 08:59 AM
Wow. Some ideas are good (new fire sub station, city hall..) but the others can only be ideas because there is no money! A welcoming center for "legal" illegal immegrants? Are you kidding me? Please explain WHERE is the money for this... and how would this ever benefit this city. Welcoming people who came here already breaking the law and using our tax dollars and resources! Yes, let's reward them.. law breakers/resource drainers are the last thing to be "welcomed" anywhere.. esp. Woonsocket.
christine m February 11, 2014 at 09:01 AM
We need people who contribute to society... not just take the handouts!
Novan for Life February 11, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Wow steve just gonna continue to be negative, as well provide no solution great work. Ideas for the old middle school i mean turn it into something that the youth can enjoy or turn it into multiple mini markets.
Russell Archambault February 11, 2014 at 03:28 PM
christine m . Raising taxes just a small amount, like just 1.31 dollar per thousand could help do something for the poor. We could fix the entire old school up for something great. Running the entire complex could then be run by all the great people at Family resources. They are so helpful to the city. Having walk in refrigerators, they could store all the milk from the milk fund, ready to hand out to families in need, to give milk to their thirsty children, so they can grow to be big and strong. My vision for our great city is helping the needy. I would propose that we change that stupid saying thought of by our great past mayor" CITY ON THE MOVE " to " CITY OF COMPASSION " I feel that we should also ask our Woonsocket radio talk host, one of my favorites MR. John Dionne, to set aside 5 minutes per day to mention what person that was helped the most that previous couple of days prior, so we all can appreciate what our donated money or extra tax money is being spent on helping the unfortunate. So people like che-pos like another radio talk host, no name mentioned (L P) is too cheap to donate to such worthy causes and who is opposed to tag days. I can't imagine anyone opposed to having people stand in the middle of the road begging for money so they can raise money to help the lazy old people who don't work, the young to stupid to work, ah the hungry children who go to bed every night starving. Shame on you Larry Poitres. what's next in this city, Larry? Demanding that the sale of girl scout cookies having to have a peddlers permit? christine m
Still Hope February 11, 2014 at 03:49 PM
That property needs to be torn down and sold as residential. Right now it is a waste of space and a liability. I cannot simply be converted based on it's layout. Turning a small elementary school into 4-5 apartments is one thing. Trying to convert acres of classrooms into something use, not so appealing. One thing is clear, it should NOT be used for any public resource. That Hamlet area was never built to be high traffic, so adding more to the mix is suicide. Demo it, privatize it, and build a nice apartment complex or single homes with off-street parking and a courtyard. Bottom line is get it out of the city's hands.
Steve February 11, 2014 at 06:02 PM
Ah, NfL, nice to see the only time you post is to respond to my postings or to post on the merits of Obamacare! In case you missed it, this was in my last post: The city needs to look at "ALL" assets, water, sewer, fire, police, school, etc, and finally decide what the city can afford! Do you see me posting on turning the old middle school into another flea market as you suggest? Heck no! You really need to do some research into civic economics and the ability of a city or town to pay for their obligations! Until then, go back to your XBOX system and fire up another reality game! Later...........
Russell Archambault February 11, 2014 at 06:56 PM
After thinking a lot about the old middle school, what about having a giant flee market or an indoor sports arena. Maybe we could hold the next summer Olympics there. That would bring a lot of great people from all over the world to see and get to know the great folks of Woonsocket. I ask my comrade Steve to spear up my idea, to call Romney to see how to get this all started. I say this could boost the civic economics, and bring a lot of do ra mi. so we could build that spanking new water treatment plant the city so desperately needs. To be honest Im tired of drinking sewer water, Ive started having serious problems.
jack February 12, 2014 at 02:26 AM
I believe the superintendent's next idea is to turn the building into a middle school. Johnson & Wales could probably use the building for something.
Russell Archambault February 12, 2014 at 03:30 PM
I would love to see Johnson and wales get a 100 million federal grant to come to Woonsocket to teach the poor and hungry and moms with children how to cook so they don't have to spend so much money on frozen dinners frozen pizzas and canned spagatios. I think this project could be called COOKING HEALTHY AND LOOSE TWO HUNDRED POUNDS.

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