DOT to Sell Route 2 Park-and-Ride

The state will sell the land, but build another park-and-ride farther up Route 2.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation recently announced that it plans to sell the park-and-ride lot at the corner of Quaker Lane (Route 2) and Ten Rod Road (Route 102) in North Kingstown. Despite previous plans to not create an alternative lot, the DOT has also decided to create a new parking lot on Route 2 just a short distance from the current lot.

For some time, there has been a proposal before the DOT to sell the property to CVS and move the parking area a quarter-mile up the road to another plot of land on Route 2. The sale between the two parties is currently pending. 

At one point, the plot of land on Route 2 was deemed not feasible for use as a park-and-ride. The DOT was looking to send commuters to park at the MBTA parking garage at Wickford Junction – which is not a free lot and charges $4 a day for parking. Most of North Kingstown's state legislators, including Senator James Sheehan and Representatives Doreen Costa and Robert Craven, opposed the move.

According to a press release from Sen. Sheehan, DOT has not announced a timetable for the move.

Don Thela April 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM
So they will sell the Park and Ride then spend twice that amount building another one someplace else! What a bunch of aholes! Somebodies getting paid off!
jean April 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM
That area is already congested!! It looks like Bald Hill Rd. Put the CVS in the Stop & Shop plaza!!!!! Or Home Depot plaza!! Accidents will definitely increase at that light!!!
Jim April 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM
What is the sell price for each parcel and what will the cost be to make the "deep hole" they are going to purchase into parking lot? Will they install sidewalks and a bike path along RT 2 to make it safe for citizens to walk or ride their bikes to the new bus stop?
jeff barry April 11, 2013 at 12:48 PM
CVS are you nuts, go there DOT and get your Meds asap. Leave it alone people go and get coffee and jump on bus or carpool .
Beverly April 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM
There is a CVS right up the road on Rt. 2. Do we really need another one, and in such a congested area? If some of you people love traffic and all these shopping centers, then why choose to live in N.K.? Why not move to Warwick or Providence?
Sid Davidson April 11, 2013 at 01:45 PM
This just doesn't make sense. The current lot serves a great need in these times of high gas prices. Jim is right. The proposed lot is a a deep hole. The CVS should go in the Stop and Shop plaza.The bus schedule is much more flexible than the train schedule. They are trying to force people to pay to park at Wickford Junction. Why not charge people $1 or $2 dollars to park at the Park and Ride.
Scott Madison April 11, 2013 at 01:53 PM
What BS. So how much money has CVS given to legislators to make this happen? Welcome to Warwick people. North Kingstown has given up on Route 1 and now this 2/102 corridor is the new Route 1. Local and State elected officials being bought by developers and multi-million/billion dollar corporations. There is a reason North Kingstown residents bought over on this west side of town and now they are ruining it little by little each year. Just disgusting.
NK Taxed Out April 11, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Comments and anger is a result of being represented by people that do not care about North Kingstown residents. Costa doesn't. Sheehan doesn't. Craven doesn't. North Kingstown Town Council doesn't. Our town and state officials are doing it for their personal gain!!!!!!!
Jeff Crawford April 11, 2013 at 02:09 PM
So the State of Rhode island/DOT is going to sell a prime piece of real estate currently used as a public park-n-ride for a sum of money and then purchase the lot just down the road next to Quaker Lane Bait and Tackle for another sum of money and then spend tax payer dollars to build the new park-n-ride, just to keep CVS happy. What else did you throw into the deal members of the GA and Administration? Continuation of their tax credits so they don't pack up shop in Woonsocket and move across the border? Linc, Gordon, Theresa and CVS, the modern day Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice. Who's in bed with who....
NK Parent April 11, 2013 at 02:51 PM
You know what would be really nice in this spot? A Dunkin' Donuts. Kidding aside. Why doesn't CVS plan to open in the nice new development that is going in down the street at the other 102/2 intersection?
Kathy April 11, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Seems like the smartest thing for NK would be a moratorium on NEW shopping developments, until 80% or more of the EXISTING developments are fully occupied. Somehow, NK keeps letting them build more and more stores, to try to make up for the revenue use lost by all the empty stores.... Look around, folks; other cities and towns have made this mistake. Maybe we ought to try to learn from these mistakes....
Rhodeyresident0303 April 11, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Does anyone want to make a bet that in 10 years or so NK will be a mini Cranston ?? With all these compact villages, affordable housing complexes, and commercial spaces being built in town NK won't be the sea side bedroom community it was always considered. The populations is considered to be around 30k if I'm not mistaken. Add the people who work in town and the new developments in 10 years this town will either be congested or a ghost town.
Politics Sheriff of NK April 11, 2013 at 07:40 PM
What is Bob Craven's position on this?
Elaine April 11, 2013 at 07:41 PM
That intersection is already busy. Once again to the town council and developers ... Why build something new when there are already so many vacant spaces all over North Kingstown. Commercializing this area is totally unnecessary.
Bill Hogan April 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Get real north Kingstown taxpayers. This deal was consumated long ago. The retail center of NK will be this southern end.CVS gets whatever they want in RI-- on the corner leaving Walgreens at the other end of the Rolling Green development. The new DOT lot was cleared by a NK councilman long ago .Stay tuned it will only get worse!!!
NK Taxed Out April 12, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Bill, interesting comment regarding the councilman. In addition, as written in this week’s newspaper when it appeared that the deal was not going the way of Bestwick’s benefit, he demanded to know why and if the DOT or the developer was going was going to benefit as opposed to himself. He began to threaten that he would look to open a McDonalds or a Burger King on his useless property if he did not get his way. NOW that he is again going to line his pockets with taxpayer money he is again all smiles. I would suggest that all watch for real estate transactions to understand how we were and are being taken advantage of. This situation was initiated and approved by the town council without concern to residents. They just don’t care about any except themselves.
Politics Sheriff of NK April 12, 2013 at 09:12 PM
I agree Bestwick makes me need a shower just hearing his name. But In this case, the existing Park Ride lot is too small. If the new one is right up the street, and the state pays market value for it, (even to Bestwick) and it is significantly larger, then why is that a problem?
Bowiefan April 13, 2013 at 12:54 AM
North Kingstown well into 20 yrs of a plan to make the southern end of town the commercial center, started w/ Wickford Junction rezone, the Walmart battle, Home Depot, Stop & Shop ... and on it goes. All the while, certain "connected" individuals (developers, lawyers, etc) greasing the skids of this effort w/ planning, zoning, TC etc. Who's kidding who. The writing was on the wall in 1992 and every effort from citizens to stop this juggernaut to ruining the most rural end of town has been met w/ nothing more than fake concern for what the public really wants. The majority on the councils, planning & zoning boads of the last 20+ yrs don't give a rats arse for what the citizens want. They just pay lip service to soliciting input w/ charettes, and design meetings, public hearings and such, but the die is cast. NK is on track to be Warwick/Bald Hill Rd south. The park n' ride lot/CVS plan & Rolling Greens plans are just the latest in a series of bad jokes on the citizens who moved & built in the south & west end of town for the pleasure of living in a quieter, rural community. Money talks & corporate & developer money talks loudest. Your votes & input count for nada.
Noreswindnk April 18, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Bowie, couldn't say it better. We hire "representatives" in town, in state and nationally and look who they represent. Themselves, friends and lobbies. How many in town wanted the turbine? How many want a "new" park and ride? Friends of Mike. How many wanted background checks to fail? The gun lobby. "Representatives"??? Yeah, right. An old friend told me: FOLLOW THE MONEY.


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