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Is Target Coming to North Kingstown?

Could the red bullseye sign be coming to a North Kingstown street near you?

Those pining for Target to open in North Kingstown may get their wish granted if a proposed development is approved. Though residents have pointed to the as an ideal location for the big box store, the proposed development is located north – straddling the East Greenwich-North Kingstown line on Frenchtown Road.

Called Commons at Frenchtown Road, the 33-acre retail shopping center would bring 192,000 square feet of business – 231,000 including the property on the East Greenwich side – to the property adjacent to the Browne & Sharpe building. Developers are suggesting a bank, pharmacy and other small business buildings in the plaza, anchored by a big box store. Currently, the developer (Frenchtown Partners LLC) is proposing that said store could potentially be Target.

According to the plaza’s pre-application, the big box building would be 137,450 square feet and would need a variance for approval as the town’s ordinance caps big box stores to 85,000 square feet. ()

At this time, there is no discussion of residential units in the plaza, though town planners indicate they’d like to see a village center concept applied to the development.

NKGOP Watch May 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
NK Parent, I hope YOU invest MILLIONS buying land and designing a building to house a business and then have some fascist tell YOU which way to point YOUR building that YOU are investing YOUR millions to erect. I think you get my point. Let the landscaping fill in and, for once, we are gaining commercial tax revenue from the property tax and the tax on the cars, instead of piling more burden onto the home owner. As to post road, they can get strict about derelict properties such as Mancini hardware whos loser owners/managers or whomever let sit collapsed, burnt, and derelict for God knows what selfish reason. THAT is a hideous eye sore that does rise to the level on community intervention.
Dave May 11, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Watch, you're missing the point. Not every NK business owner gets the green light to up and move to a new place, arranges for the old place to be bought, fixes water table issues that are a potential issue, and repaves the entire road for that one business. Nor do most get the green light to build anything like that monstrosity.....in fact, the town just gets in the way of most businesses and they are told no, no, and no. It's all who you are in this town.
4ResponsibleSitings May 11, 2012 at 04:39 AM
North Kingstown has an 85,000 cap on big box stores. Full-line Target stores range from 128,000 square feet to 135,000 square feet. That’s why the Lowe’s building doesn’t work. A year ago the proposed Target building was going to be on the EG side of this development to get around the cap, while NK got the parking lot. I'm a fan of Target, but I'm not sure why they think they can get a 138,000 building to pass in NK. I suppose after watching the turbine developers and Rolling Greens developers help craft their own ordinances, I guess these guys feel they have a pretty strong chance of raising or eliminating the big box cap.
NK Parent May 11, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Sigh. Always so combative ... As I said, I have no problem with Tarbox or Toyota. But that doesn't mean I don't think the building is ugly and that some very poor decisions were made in it's planning. At some point I hope you realize that calling anyone who disagrees with you a "fascist" really doesn't help your case much at all.
NKGOP Watch May 11, 2012 at 02:24 PM
How can one "fix" a water table? LOL And are you saying Rt2 was repaved JUST FOR TARBOX? Yeah right. As far as "arranging for the old place to be bought", that could be considered pro-business collaboration. The town didnt buy the old site according to that part of your little conspiracy theory. This council is dominated by the old pro-Halley NKGOP faction with that rancid hueston, daughter of the even more rancid planning maven harriet powell then there's charlie scamm, I mean stamm a NYC transplant who got elected by making a "secret" donation to the senior center and then having it leaked out just before the election, among other things. BUT the Tarbox move doesnt seem to be anything more than govt being pro-business, isnt that what we want?

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