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Planning & Redevelopment

The Pawtucket Department of Planning and Redevelopment is charged with ensuring Pawtucket is a quality place to live, work and visit.  Many of the department’s responsibilities involve enforcing the City’s rules and regulations concerning the built environment.   The Department also actively works to improve Pawtucket’s economy by encouraging appropriate economic development.   Lastly, the department oversees the administration of various State and Federal Grants including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Housing Programs.  

Acting Director of Planning and Redevelopment

Susan Mara


Main Number: 401-728-0500, ext. 430
Pawtucket City Hall
137 Roosevelt Avenue
awtucket, RI 02860

Staff Contacts

Mary Bourdeau - Administrative Assistant
Jay Rosa - Senior Planner
Susan Mara - Assistant Director
Edward Soares - CD Program Manager   
Kerri Vecoli - Secretary
Michael Wilcox - Project Engineer              
Herb Weiss - Economic & Cultural Affairs Officer

Current Projects

Pawtucket/Central Falls Commuter Rail Station receives $13 million in Federal TIGER Funding


The State of Rhode Island will receive $13.1 million in federal funds to put toward building a new train station to serve Pawtucket and Central Falls, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced.  The new station would be built between Dexter and Conant streets at a total estimated cost of $40 million. The State’s application said the rest of the money would come largely from other federal funding, along with $3.6 million from the State and $3 million from the two cities. RIDOT said the station could open by early 2020.



Draft 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan, for Housing and Community Development funds, Availability/Opportunity for Citizen Comment

The City of Pawtucket, would like to announce the availability of its 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan for public review and comment. The Annual Action Plan lays out the spending priorities for federal housing and community development resources expected in the upcoming year and includes this year’s funding allocations for the Community Development Block Grant, HOME, and Emergency Solutions Grant Programs.  Citizens comments on the plan will be accepted until May 25, 2017.

Click here for Annual Action Plan Draft

Substantial Amendment to the 2016-2017 Consolidated Plan

The City of Pawtucket, is announcing the availability of an amendment for citizen review and comment.  A copy of the Substantial Amendment to the 2016-2017

Consolidated Plan, which specifies the housing and community development projects to be undertaken under a proposed reuse of available funding under the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Housing Partnerships Program and Emergency Solutions Grant.  Citizen comment on the Substantial Amendment will be accepted until March 10, 2017.

Click here for the Substantial Amendment to the 2016-2017 Consolidated Plan

2015-2016 Consolidate Annual Performance and Evaluation Report

Each year, as part of the process of utilizing and administering US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds, the City of Pawtucket compiles a Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report, or CAPER.  The report describes how the City of Pawtucket used these resources over the previous fiscal year, what progress or accomplishments were achieved through these expenditures, and how these accomplishments fit within the larger context of the City’s Five Year Consolidated Plan goals and objectives.


Click here for 2015-2016 Consolidate Annual Performance and Evaluation Report

Tidewater Master Plan

The City has partnered with National Grid and the Tidewater Steering Committee to develop a Master Plan for fifteen (15) acres of riverfront property. 

Click here for the Tidewater Master Plan

Substantial Funding Amendment to the 2015-2016 Consolidated Plan

Pawtucket Mill Building Survey 2014

In 1995, the Preservation Society of Pawtucket undertook a city-wide mill building survey, a pedestrian survey of the existing nineteenth and early twentieth century mill buildings and complexes that are found throughout the city. This survey was intended to provide an overview of the sites and buildings that might be considered for adaptive re-use utilizing available financial incentives, either through the city or as registered historic buildings eligible for State and federal rehabilitation tax credit programs.

As might be expected, some of the information provided on the current ownership and use has changed in the past two decades. As such, the city wants to be able to assess the current status of these buildings to gauge economic trends and also to provide potential interested parties and property owners information on incentives for redevelopment.

Click here to see survey

Pawtucket Façade Improvement Program

The City of Pawtucket's new Facade Improvement Program offers small grants and grant loan combinations for larger projects to include replacement or installation of new awnings, doors, landscape, lighting, paving, siding, or windows; decorative material; code-compliance; and public-facing street or sidewalk improvements. such as bicycle hitches, interactive elements, planters, and seating.  The program will offer small grants and loan combinations for larger projects.  For small grants, applicants may request up to $2,000 for materials for small improvements.  For larger projects, the City will offer a loan for half of the total project costs up to $15,000 and a grant through CDBG funds up to $30,000.  The loan is structured to be paid within five years.  For more details, contact Herb Weiss, Economic & Cultural Affairs Officer at hweiss@pawtucketri.com. Or call 401 728-0500, Ext. 437. 

PILOT PROGRAM Façade Improvement Program Rules and Regulations

Application for Façade Improvement Program

Wall Street Journal Highlights Pawtucket's Arts Community

  • April 18, 2017
  • Uncategorized

The Wall Street Journal highlighted Pawtucket's arts community and the economic benefits of its designated arts district. Cities See the Arts as a Beautiful Economic Tool Smaller cities are...  Read More >

City Speak
"The City has a long history with and commitment to the PawSox, a team that is woven into the fabric of our community… I am committed to maintaining the affordable family friendly brand of PawSox baseball in Pawtucket."

- Don Grebien

New Event

Mayor Grebien's Community Meeting, April 5, 2017, 6:00pm

  • April 4, 2017
  • Event

Pawtucket – To promote more open dialogue between Pawtucket City Hall and the residents of Pawtucket, Mayor Donald R. Grebien and other officials from City Hall, are holding a series of community...  Read More >