Today, the City announced the formation of a community stakeholder group to work with the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University to explore the options for the City’s current transfer station.
The stakeholder group will learn more about the challenges at the current site, the proposal for the relocation, industry standards and requirements, financial impacts, and services to residents, and will then explore the options moving forward. The Hassenfeld Institute will facilitate this process and compile the data into a report for the City and the City Council.
Members of the stakeholder group represent Fairlawn residents, the City Council, the business community, and include representatives of Link Environmental and the City. They include:
There is currently a proposal to relocate the existing transfer station located at 240 Grotto Avenue to the proposed site at 55 Concord Street. The current Grotto Avenue location directly abuts a dense residential area and has multiple issues ranging from truck traffic directly through the neighborhoods, environmental concerns, as well as operational issues from the lack of investment for decades. The current issues at the Grotto Avenue site are challenging and costly.
This has resulted in the need for the current transfer station to be replaced. The City began assessing options more than three years ago, and looking at alternatives to continue to provide existing services within a fully enclosed regulated facility and making sure it was economically feasible to the residents. One of the compelling reasons for the relocation is to reduce the traffic from current patterns and off residential roads and have truck traffic coming directly off interstate 95 to the site, a much shorter distance away compared to the current site.
The City has engaged Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University to ensure a transparent and informative process. They will engage the community to understand all options and the impact both from a quality of life and financial perspective. For more information on the transfer station, please visit: http://www.pawtucketri.com/municipal-transfer-station.
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