Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Members of Historic Wickford believe that "a sense of place" is worth fighting for and call for action against changes made to 23 Washington Street.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
To the editor There's a reason why some communities elect to have a local historic district under the jurisdiction of a local historic commission (HDC). The State of Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission’s (RIHCPC) website states the main advantage as, "Historic district zoning protects a neighborhood's historic architecture, which largely defines its sense of place. Thoughtless alterations to historic buildings can erode property values and destroy the qualities that make a neighborhood appealing." The Commission also states the main disadvantage as, "Preparing applications to the historic district commission may require extra time and effort before construction begins. The time and effort on the part of the …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The council discusses empty buildings, the 23 Washington Street saga and more at Monday night's meeting.
Fate of Vacant Town Buildings Manager Michael Embury proposed ideas for the future of several vacant buildings owned by the town. For several of the buildings, Embury suggested the town hire a real estate firm to market the properties for sale, as the town does not have the expertise or manpower to do so. Selling the buildings would work for properties like the former informational technology building on Reynolds Street and the garage on Oak Hill Road, said Embury. However, Wickford Elementary School may be more complex of an issue. After closing in 2005, the former elementary school has remained dormant from its perch on Phillips Street. Last year, voters shot down a $3.85-million bond to convert the building into a joint town hall and …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
One Wickford resident sounds off on the modifications made to 23 Washington Street.
If you happen to take a stroll down Washington Street in Wickford, you will notice that something has changed and changed significantly. Heading east toward the town wharf, you will notice on the right that a small simple fisherman’s cottage has turned into a mish-mash of historic styles, sits higher in the air than the neighboring houses, and now dominates the small lot, with little left of the open space and view of the water traditionally enjoyed by all who pass by. The cute, little fisherman’s cottage is now roughly three feet higher and about double the size of the original structure built in 1807. Due to owner Stanley Weiss’ flagrant, self-admitted disregard of the historic district rules and regulations, which are designed to …