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.