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Big Hearing for Lodges at Phenix Glen Tonight

The City Council is considering a zone change for the proposed 192-unit apartment complex in western Cranston. The public is invited to speak tonight.

Residents and the City Council  will have their say tonight in regards to The Lodges at Phenix Glen — a proposed 192-unit development off Phenix Avenue in Western Cranston that has faced strong resistance from some nearby residents.

The City Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. in the Cranston High School East auditorium to consider a zone change requested by developers The Procaccianti Group and TPG Development, who plan to develop the complex, which would include two large residential buildings, a clubhouse, movie theater, swimming pool and "the latest in upscale amenities," according to a company presentation.

The developers said the project would be a boon to the city's tax roles and rents would be above the city's average. The complex would attract older singles and adults looking for a resort lifestyle. The average age of renters would be 40 to 65 and the project would not include affordable housing.

But numerous residents told the commission that traffic would be terrible due to the proximity of the Route 37 on ramp, among other reasons.

Additional concerns include a potentially negative impact on surrounding property values, the potential for undesirable commercial activity within the complex, a drain on city services and an erosion of the rural character of the area.

Not everyone is vehemently opposed to the plan. Former City Councilman Aram Garabedian said the development is a lot better than what could otherwise be put on the land. An earlier proposal called for 80,000 square feet of commercial space and the land will be developed no matter what, he said.

Patch will be at tonight's meeting. Follow us on Twitter for live updates.

Concerned Resident February 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM
@Jtp They're not my words, they're thePatch's. you going to try to name-call on them too? Shameful. Debate? I'd hardly call non fact producing on your part a debate. You've never answered one of my points. And if there are residents who are not affiliated with the land owners or developers, they've been awfully quiet at the council meetings. Looks to me like there's only one or two supporters of this ill-conceived project. There's no DEM permit. No DOT permit, and sketchy math at best. The developer has been sued by RI, defaulted on a 29.5 million dollar loan, among others, and they've sued a city council in Richmond Virginia (references all cited above). Name calling should have no place here, as denoted by the Patch. I can see why you support the developer. You both don't like to play by the rules.
Concerned Resident February 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM
You sure do like to produce facts about RI being a poor business climate though. Right on! Maybe if we stopped indulging irresponsible developers, and did more legwork to bring quality companies to this state, that'd change.
Concerned Resident February 23, 2013 at 10:24 PM
And believe me, our state being the least friendly in RI has nothing to do with stopping this developer. Do you understand that the Procaccianti group owed the state of Rhode Island MILLIONS? http://www.hotel-online.com/News/PR2005_1st/Jan05_WestinDEPCO.html Do you understand that? And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Joe The Plumber February 24, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Thanks CR, You made my point perfectly.
Concerned Resident February 24, 2013 at 03:30 AM
LOL

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