News expected on redevelopment of Memorial Hospital property soon

News expected on redevelopment of Memorial Hospital property soon

PAWTUCKET – City officials say they expect news soon on the planned redevelopment of the former Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island site on Brewster Street as a wellness and residential care facility for veterans.

The Lockwood Development Group signed a purchase and sale agreement with Care New England on the property last summer, and remains committed to the project, according to the mayor.

“The city of Pawtucket will continue to support the redevelopment of the underutilized former Memorial Hospital site to a project that benefits and meets the community’s needs,” said Mayor Donald Grebien in a statement Monday. “The Lockwood Development Group continues its due diligence period with discussions and negotiations after signing a purchase and sale agreement on the property with Care New England.

“The development continues to be a top priority for both parties and the city,” he added.

The administration continues to seek strategic partnerships for the city through economic tools such as the federally designated opportunity zones such as the one the old hospital facility is located in, said the mayor.

“We look forward to providing more updates in the near future and to working on development that will breathe life back into a major property in our city,” he said. “The city will continue to have regular com-munications with Care New England and Lockwood regarding the future of the property to ensure that the site will once again be beneficial to Pawtucket and our surrounding Blackstone Valley communities.”

Grebien has said the Lockwood Development leaves space to add emergency services on the 13.4-acre former Memorial Hospital site. Lockwood executives previously said they are willing to make emergency services part of the campus.