WESTERLY — The City Council has granted the College Committee’s request to increase entry to the Tower Road College Neighborhood constructing till the tip of August.
The College Committee initially indicated it might flip the constructing over to the city on July 1 however requested further time to take away supplies from the constructing. College officers are additionally in search of new quarters for packages, together with the Transition Academy, a program for 18- to 22-year-olds with disabilities. This system, which is required by regulation, helps members turn into prepared for the following section of their lives after highschool.
The City Council is shifting forward with plans to promote the Tower Road property, and officers lately sought bids to have the constructing demolished. City Supervisor J. Mark Rooney, on Monday, mentioned the city obtained a spread of bids, from about $400,000 to about $1 million, from contractors within the demolition job.
Plans are additionally underway for the city to rent an appraisal agency, and Rooney advised the council he may also search the companies of an actual property dealer. Two value determinations might be requested — the worth of the property with the constructing and the worth of the property with the constructing demolished.
City Council Brian McCuin, a builder by commerce, mentioned the appraisal ought to assist information the choice on whether or not to demolish the constructing. He additionally questioned whether or not hiring an actual property dealer could be vital.
“It is a math drawback … no matter is finest for the city residents,” McCuin mentioned.
City Council President Christopher Duhamel mentioned he he had “heard nice curiosity within the property.” Rooney confirmed that his workplace has heard from events, together with three who mentioned they had been fascinated about shopping for the property with the constructing.
Councilor Sharon Ahern mentioned she had obtained communication from events fascinated about shopping for the property and requested when the council would talk about parameters on the market of the property and the way it might be utilized by potential patrons.
Councilor Suzanne Giorno urged establishing a two-month interval throughout which the council may search proposals and gives for the property.
City officers are additionally anticipated to quickly decide on which sale provide to just accept for the outdated city storage property off Seaside Road.
Moreover, officers are anticipated to quickly overview an appraisal of 11 heaps off of Terrapat Drive. The city acquired possession curiosity within the heaps by means of a tax sale in 2005. David Franzese, a resident who owns adjoining land, has been trying to buy the 11 heaps for about 10 years. His provide was $19,962 — the quantity of property taxes owed when the city took the rights to the land plus the quantity that the heaps would have generated in taxes since that point.
Franzese’s curiosity within the property prompted the council to hunt value determinations. City Lawyer William Conley Jr. has advised the council that beneath the present circumstances the city may promote the heaps just for the again taxes owed on the land, plus curiosity and bills. If the council decides it ought to search truthful market worth, it might first need to clear the title to the heaps by foreclosing the rights to redemption in Superior Courtroom earlier than it may provide the land on the market on the open market, Conley mentioned.
McCuin has urged going to courtroom to clear the title after which promoting the land, saying the city may promote the property for greater than double what Franzese has provided.