City seeking to redevelop Middle Street land

City seeking to redevelop Middle Street land

PAWTUCKET – Officials are seeking proposals from companies interested in redeveloping 24,500 square feet of land on Middle Street.

The Silver Top Diner previously sat in storage on the land, which is owned by the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency. The PRA is seeking an agreement with a qualified developer to build on the vacant lot.

The property is located at 56 Middle St., up the street from city-based Collette travel agency.

“The PRA is seeking proposals which will reuse this long vacant parcel to provide new construction in a mixed-use neighborhood that has seen nearby property owners make substantial improvements to their properties,” states a memo from Pawtucket planners.

Officials are seeking responses from developers that feature:

• Any of the uses that are allowed in a Riverfront District 3 zone.

• A site and building design respecting the mixed-use character of the neighborhood.

• A side and building design that is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.

• And a thorough description and recitation of all aspects of proposed financing for redevelopment of the site, including any proposed public financing options.

“Once the proposals are received, the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency will review them and select the ones that represent the best use and return for the city,” said PRA Executive Director Susan Mara, the city’s planning and redevelopment director, in a letter to the City Council.

Restaurateur Katie Cerrone purchased the Silver Top in the fall of 2016, later moving it to a facility in Cranston to be refurbished. Restoration on the old diner has yet to commence, as Cerrone considers potential landing spots in Pawtucket, Cumberland and Cranston.

In 2016, Pawtucket officials merged the lot previously occupied by the Silver Top, as well as two other PRA-owned lots next to it, to create the single 24,500-square-foot lot.

“We think that bundling them together is necessary to attract a developer,” Mara told The Breeze at the time.

The deadline for developers to answer the city’s request for proposals is Friday, March 23. To obtain a copy of the RFP, call Mary Bourdeau at 410-728-0500, ext. 439, or email, or visit .