East Providence City Council to address Metacomet Development Proposal Thursday

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – The East Providence City Council will address the Metacomet Golf Course Proposal on Thursday.

The country club dates back to 1901 and sits on over 100 acres of land along Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence.

According to the East Providence Post, the key to the revised plan would be to maintain a portion of the 138-acre parcel as a full 9-hole golf course. Seven of the outward holes stay in their existing spot, with holes 2 and 8 split in half.

Holes 5 and 9 would be removed.

Marshall Properties would run the course, open to the public. The Post said the East Providence High School golf program would have access to it for free, and residents will be offered discounted fees.

“Besides the 22 acres abutting Watchemoket Cove the developers previously agreed to make available to the general populous, in its new plan Marshall has pledged to give the city nearly 10 other acres of land along Lyon Avenue and Fort Street to serve as a buffer from the 60 acres its intended to develop,” the publication wrote.
“Marshall vowed to construction 2.2 miles of publicly accessible walking paths running throughout the village it plans to create as well as a scenic overlook of the cove.”

Additionally, the developer would agree to not build any kind of hotel or housing business on the property, as well as any general merchandise store.

Two state lawmakers drafted resolutions in January calling on Rhode Island to purchase Metacomet so it can stay as an open green space for residents.

The country club closed permanently on September 30.

Back in September, Marshall Development withdrew its petition for a zone change and amendment from the East Providence City Council.

Thursday’s East Providence City Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m..

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