Discussions to continue about possible Pawtucket soccer stadium
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Discussions will continue Tuesday in an attempt to move forward with the Tidewater Landing project in Pawtucket.
The cost is much more than originally slated for. Originally, the budget was set for $83 million dollars — and now is anticipated to be $124 million due to inflation costs.
State Rep. Karen Alzate, a Democrat from Pawtucket, stressing to ABC 6 News Tuesday how vital this will be for the city and state’s economy — creating 2,500 construction jobs and 1,200 to 1,500 ongoing jobs.
Alzate said if no agreement is reached on Tuesday, that will be the end of the project.
During a Tidewater project meeting, Gov. Dan McKee compared building the stadium in Pawtucket to the staple castle in Disney World being built first, saying it’s a crucial part to the bigger picture.
This project began in 2019 through a private-public partnership between Fortuitous Partners, the governor’s office, CommerceRI, the city of Pawtucket, and the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency.
No state funding was included for the Tidewater soccer stadium project in Pawtucket when the House Finance Committee approved the 2023 budget bill earlier this month.