PAWTUCKET â€” It often helps to have a fresh pair of eyes look at a difficult problem. In the eyes of a group of graduate students from Roger Williams University, the rundown, vacant Conant/Coats & Clark Thread Mill property can be revived in numerous ways so as to be a vibrant area once again.
On Thursday, the universityâ€™s School of Architecture, Art & Historic Preservation and the Community Partnerships Center hosted an open house at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center to discuss the potential development of the 12-acre mill site, which is situated partly in Pawtucket and partly in Central Falls. The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation also supported the project.
The graduate students, whose fields of study ranged from architecture and preservation to marketing and business, used the privately owned mill property as a â€ścase studyâ€ť and explored opportunities for its potential re-use. They were also asked to consider the property in relation to a planned MBTA train stop near Barton and Dexter streets that is within short walking distance.
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times and Monday's Call.