Dexter Street Commons plan takes shape

Dexter Street Commons plan takes shape

A rendering of the Dexter Street Commons project for Dexter Street in Pawtucket.

PAWTUCKET – The vision for the Dexter Street Commons, a major mixed-use project planned near the coming new commuter rail station on Dexter Street near the Central Falls line, is about to come to life.

The project covers 214,000 square feet, including a six-story mixed-use building with 99 spaces in a subsurface parking level, 16,700 square feet of ground-level retail with 66 enclosed parking spaces, and 150 residential units and associated amenities on five upper stories.

The preliminary plan for the project, which is much more specific than the conceptual master plan, was headed to the City Planning Commission for consideration at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

A synopsis for the project released prior to Tuesday’s meeting showed that it calls for the demolition of the vacant warehouse at 71 Dexter St., pending approval of a city demolition permit. New construction would then happen over two parcels.

The developers, the Peyser Real Estate Group, are requesting several adjustments from the city’s zoning ordinance, including:

• On parking space and drive aisle dimensions;

• Building heights on Dexter Street, with the current limit at 45 feet and the proposed height at 79 feet. To reduce the perceived height, the top floor would be set back, and there would also be a small roof deck.

• And rear setback for structure over parking spaces at grade, with a level two elevated courtyard proposed to extend into the rear yard setback (back yard).

The proposed project includes an outdoor plaza area along Dexter Street encompassing the public sidewalk.