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RI Credit Union Eyes Old Bickfords Site for New Branch

The former Bickfords at 860 Reservoir Ave. has sat idle for years.
The former Bickfords at 860 Reservoir Ave. has sat idle for years.
Plans are underway to turn a Reservoir Avenue eyesore into a new credit union branch.

On Wednesday, the city's Development Plan Review Committee will pick up a proposal by RI Credit Union, Inc., to develop the site at 860 Reservoir Ave. into a branch credit union with a drive-thru.

The project proposes demolishing the old Bickford's restaurant building and replacing it with a 3,000 square foot building with "associate parking, drainage mitigation and landscaping."

The vacant site is about 34,724 square feet and zoned C-1 Commercial Zoning District.

We'll post more details soon.

Last summer, we asked Cranston Patch readers what they'd like to see at the location.

Ideas ranged from a park and ride, water park, dog park, CiCi's Pizza, Fresh City, to a Dave's Marketplace.
Joe The Plumber February 16, 2014 at 04:12 PM
OR, how about this for a novel idea? We tell the local residents to pound sand, get the over regulating government bureaucracy out of the way of progress, let the capitalist free market decide on what business locates there, and maybe, just maybe, begin to get Rhode Island out of a 6 year economic depression, and begin to put people back to work again.
Elizabeth Roy February 16, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Just want something there. Don't much care what as long as it is clean, honest, and pays taxes.
my world February 16, 2014 at 07:31 PM
wow another bank how original.more banks an more car lots and the cycle continues. the state of rhode island has now been officaly labotomized!
Joe The Plumber February 17, 2014 at 02:38 AM
Absolutely right "my world"!! Why should the State of Rhode Island have another Bank built, a symbol of capitalistic prosperity, an engine of economic growth, a bastion of industry? . I say, what we need at that location and what Rhode Island deserves is maybe another welfare office instead. I think that would fit into "my world" view very nicely.

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