City hears plan for new 7-Eleven on Newport Avenue

City hears plan for new 7-Eleven on Newport Avenue

The site plan for a proposed 7-Eleven on Newport Avenue in Pawtucket.

PAWTUCKET – Plans for a new 7-Eleven at 1253 Newport Ave., across from St. Cecilia Church, were up for consideration by the City Planning Commission this week.

The master plan conceptual plan for the project at the intersection of Newport and Central Avenues was to be reviewed in a public Zoom forum by the City Planning Commission, with some neighbors telling The Breeze in advance that they planned to speak again in opposition to the project due to how it has changed from earlier plans for a multi-tenant plaza.

Back in 2018, two years after John Martins Realty LLC purchased the former rectory and convent property from the Diocese of Providence, representatives presented a plan for the new commercial property with multiple tenants as part of a request for a zone change. The plan at that time drew some opposition from neighbors, particularly along Calder Street, which runs behind the property and parallel with Newport Avenue.

In July of this year, The Breeze reported the new plan for the property as a proposed 7-Eleven.

Assistant Director of Planning Jay Rosa said the applicant conducted a Zoom meeting with neighbors and council representatives last Thursday, Nov. 12. Conceptual master plan review was on the City Planning Commission agenda for Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The Zoning Board will review the project on Nov. 30, said Rosa, because the project as currently proposed requires a special use permit for an accessory fueling facility and a dimensional variance for the number of surface parking spaces proposed.

The state must also review the project for site stormwater management (RIDEM) and Newport Avenue/Central Avenue curb cut alterations, he said.

A preliminary plan review, with consideration of final architectural and engineering plans presented, will be determined at a date to be determined.

Comments

I don’t think it is right for the city to allow this as it was purchased with another plan in mind ... if I lived on Calder St I would fight this till the end ... it is terrible as it is the city allowed a liquor store at the former Howell smiths, did no one think about the traffic this will cause as their is hardly any parking, no room for semi trucks to make deliveries!! And now thinking of a massive 7-11 ??