The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation in partnership with the City of Pawtucket today announced that they have received six proposals responding to the RFP for the reuse of McCoy Stadium & Pawtucket Downtown Development. All proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and the City of Pawtucket. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated based upon information contained in the respective submission packages and their responsiveness to the submission criteria.
"We are very pleased with the number and apparent quality of the proposals we've received," said Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor. "We look forward to working with Mayor Grebien and his team to review these proposals, narrow them down, and pursue next steps."
"The City appreciates the initiative and leadership role Commerce RI has taken with the Request for Proposal process," said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. "The number of responses continue to show that Pawtucket is a desirable location for development and that there is a clear interest for investors to come to the city. We look forward to working with Commerce to review and evaluate the six proposals."
The following proposals were submitted to the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (in alphabetical order and in the applicant's words):
AJAX Advisors, LLC is proposing to bring professional sports to Pawtucket with independent professional soccer in a new stadium in Downtown Pawtucket and the conversion of McCoy into a light industrial use.
Brett Johnson, Fortuitous Partners is proposing to bring a professional sports team – a United Soccer League franchise – to downtown Pawtucket and envisions construction of a multi-sport stadium and ancillary and sport related development. The proposal includes a renewed use for the existing McCoy baseball stadium site. A new recreational park is proposed with six new multipurpose fields that can be used for soccer, lacrosse, or football. Frank Boulton is proposing to bring Atlantic League professional baseball to McCoy Stadium.
Level Exchange is proposing the creation of a hub centered around the music industry in Pawtucket, seeing this as an opportunity to foster the growth of the multifaceted creative community. In addition to infrastructure to support the entertainment industry, this approach would include all other aspects needed to sustain such a live-work-play area.
Minor League Baseball for Pawtucket: Minor League Baseball for Pawtucket, a group of local Rhode Island business leaders and community members, want to explore with the City of Pawtucket and the State of Rhode Island the possibility of continuing the rich tradition of affiliated, Minor League Baseball in Pawtucket. Preserving community involvement and providing, affordable, family entertainment in the State of Rhode Island are the groups' priorities.
Native Waters Investment, LLC: is proposing to construct a Family Entertainment Center and Riverfront Park in Pawtucket. The Family Entertainment Center and Riverfront Park will be located on approximately twenty-five acres of land in the I-95 corridor. Some features of the Entertainment Center could include an indoor mega coaster, children's play park, rock climbing wall, overhead zip-line course, bowling alleys, a 7D theater, a variety of restaurants and retail outlets and a riverboat hotel.