Town Wharf Parking Debated in Warren, RI

EastBayRI.com: Ten years ago this Tuesday, the late Luther Blount stood up at a packed Warren Town Council meeting and made a stunning pledge:

“If the majority of Warren residents want waterfront open space and have zoning rules in place to promote a waterfront with fuller use by townspeople, with historic values and jobs instead of waterfront housing, I am at this time pledging a gift of $1 million toward the acquisition by the town of Warren of its harbor waterfront open space.”

The pledge earned Mr. Blount a standing ovation, and set in motion the purchase and establishment of the Warren Town Wharf at the base of State Street. A decade later, the wharf is bustling—perhaps too much, some fear. Now, the council has asked the town’s Economic Development Board to look for creative solutions to the area’s parking problem, which some say has grown tremendously since the opening of Trafford, a restaurant, earlier this summer.

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