Iconic Property to have Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Landing to become a vibrant commercial center with public access to the Blackstone River
Central Falls - On Thursday, June 29th, at 1 p.m., a groundbreaking will be held at 1420 Broad Street for the redevelopment of the Iconic Landing into a commercial destination.
The Landing project was awarded to Tai-O Group to redevelop as a vibrant commercial center with public access to the Blackstone River. The site will include the renovation of the historic mill and the construction of a new commercial building at the corner of Broad and Madeira Streets, improved access to the public water ways to allow pedestrian and recreational watercraft access to the Blackstone River, ample parking, and access on and off the Blackstone River Bikeway to allow increased pedestrian and biker traffic.
“This is an important project that will bring life to this historic site and the surrounding area,” stated Mayor James A. Diossa. “I am extremely excited to see that we continue to progress towards our goal of creating a welcoming destination in Central Falls.”
The site is currently an abandoned, contaminated site located on the south bank of the Blackstone River. The redevelopment of the abandoned historic site into a mix for commercial and residential use will not only create a great destination, it will also spur economic development in the area.
“We are excited that we will have the ability to bring life back into such an amazing structure with so much history,” stated Jevon Chan, a partner with the Tai-O Group. “We are ready to work with all of the players to make The Landing destination a reality.”
The structure itself is expected to include banquet and restaurant facilities including use of the existing outdoor deck for dining and special events along with office space for users like the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. The new commercial building will be an architecturally consistent structure and will house retail/food service and other business establishments.
The Landing was the former location of the American Supply Company which operated as a steam-powered plant for the manufacture of loom reeds, loom harnesses, heddles, and leather belting. Built in 1875 in the village of Valley Falls in the City of Central Falls, the American Supply Company closed in 1961. The building and property was adapted for reuse by a braided rug factory that operated from approximately 1963 to the early 1990s. A small ice cream shop, which closed in 2008, operated on the first floor. Since then, the building has remained vacant.
The renovation of the The Landing has included numerous players. The City, Governor Gina A. Raimondo, RIDEM, US EPA, RIDOT, The Blackstone River Heritage Corridor, and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, Tai-O, and Friends of the Blackstone/Blackstone River Watershed Council.
“Projects like The Landing show that Rhode Island is on the move, and our investments in economic development are paying off,” Governor Raimondo said. “Thank you to Mayor Diossa and everyone involved for making Rhode Island stronger.”
The City will be signing the lease agreement with Tai-O Group within the next week. The redevelopment of the site will add to the Broad Street Regeneration Initiative, an $11.5 million effort to fix the main street going through Pawtucket, Cumberland, and Central Falls.