One East Bay resident discusses her views of the March 27 East Bay Energy Consortium meeting.
Tiverton Industrial Park
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The future of the East Bay Energy Consortium - and that of the Tiverton Industrial Park - remain uncertain four years after EBEC formed to develop a for-profit wind farm on the parcel.
The Tiverton Industrial Park is caught in a battle between the East Bay Energy Consortium (EBEC) and private developers and Tiverton taxpayers are losing out. EBEC, a regional partnership between nine East Bay communities, formed four years ago to explore ways to make money off of wind energy through net metering. Targeting the Tiverton Industrial Park as the ideal location for such a venture, EBEC's idea for the for-profit wind farm project might be holding back the park's development rather than providing opportunity. According to The Hummel Report, EBEC was started with about $400,000 of seed money from the state Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and its wind farm project would have made millions through net metering. Net …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The town is moving forward with ideas to develop the industrial park off of Fish Road. What do you think is the best business move for Tiverton?
The Tiverton Industrial Park could add big business dollars to the property tax rolls if the town chooses to invest millions in the property. Is it worth it? During Monday night's Tiverton Town Council meeting Marcel Valois of the Economic Development Foundation discussed the town's options in developing the 177-acre industrial park that sits between Route 24 and Fish Road. Ranging from zero to $9 million dollars, planning is in its infant stages, but the Valois said the town should choose a path in order to start securing grants this year. He said the return on the investment for the project could be in excess of 10 years. "You are going to have to put some kind of investment into that property in order get it to the point where it is …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Bristol Town Council voted 3-1 to withdraw from the group committed to exploring renewable energy. Tiverton council members said they need clearer guidelines on the East Bay Energy Consortium's intentions for the industrial park.
Bristol has pulled out of the East Bay Energy Consortium, voting 3-1 at the Oct. 10 Town Council meeting to back away from renewable energy group, reports eastbayri.com. Nine East Bay communities, includeing Tiverton and Little Compton began the consortium in 2009 to explore the feasibility of combining resources across the East Bay municipalities to invest in renewable energy. The group got a boost earlier in the year when the state Senate approved it as a non-profit governmental entity, but the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee determined it should be "held for further study," which essentially killed the bill. Bristol Councilor Halsey Herreshoff proposed withdrawing from the group, gaining support from Councilors David…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
At its July 16 meeting, EBEC refocused its push to create a renewable energy engine in the Tiverton Industrial Park, reports EcoRI News.
The East Bay Engery Consortium will continue its push for a renewable energy project at the Tiverton Industrial Park, though conversations will likely stall until after November elections, according to reports from EcoRI News. At the consortium's July 16 meeting members discussed refocusing plans around new state zoning guidelines for wind turbines, which includes cutting the number of turbines from 10 down to 5 and installing solar arrays in the 177-acre industrial park. EBEC planners reportedly said the changes would still allow for a profitable project. Thomas Moses, legal counsel to the consortium, said the regional municipal collaborative was defeated this spring because of an outcry from local Tea Party activists and a letter from …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Representatives from the state Economic Development Foundation warned the town council on Monday that costs to install roadways and utility infrastructure in the Tiverton industrial park could cost $9.2 million.
Initial investments in roadways and utility infrastructure at Tiverton’s 172-acre industrial park could cost $9.2 million, the Tiverton Town Council learned on Monday. Representatives from the Economic Development Foundation of Rhode Island presented a seven-page preliminary analysis of the 66-lot subdivision prepared by DiPrete Engineering and approved by the council in June that spelled out the initial costs of preparing the industrial park for development. According to Marcel A. Valois, vice president of the nonprofit economic growth company, under the approved plan, 93 acres would be divided into lots averaging 1.4 acres. The marketing strategy would be to accommodate small businesses and combine lots to accommodate larger ones. The …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Tiverton Town Council unanimously approved changes to the the zoning ordinance that will make the town's 177-acre industrial park more attractive to developers.
The Tiverton Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve changes to the zoning ordinance that will attract large-scale developer's to the town's industrial park off of Fish Road. The changes are intended to open the 177-acre plot off of Route 24 near the Fish Road exit to any business from renewable energy - as was proposed by Natural Energy Generation in February - to medical to offices. "From our standpoint of economic development this is a step toward progressive development of the industrial park," said Leonard Schmidt, president of the town's Economic Development Committee. "This process has been going on in the town for about 20 years and it is coming to a point where we have several opportunities to turn it into an income …
Monday, February 27, 2012
Gerald Felise offered the Tiverton Town Council $3 million in cash for the industrial park during the executive session that commenced the Feb. 13 meeting.
Developer Gerald Felise offered at the most recent Tiverton Town Council meeting to buy the town's industrial park and combine the land in a multi-million dollar energy generation project. He's offering to build the town's new library and municipal offices on the acreage near Route 24, and the proposal is back on tonight's agenda. Patch obtained the executive session transcript from that meeting's 45-minute start, during which Felise, president of Natural Energy Generation, located at 896 Fish Road, outlined his whole offer. He reportedly came to the council three years ago with the same identical project, but investors walked after time passed. Handing councilors two pamphlets and a village plan during the recent meeting, Felise told the …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The final report from this summer's public wind energy opinion survey has been delivered to the town.
The concept of producing wind energy to boost economic development in Tiverton's industrial park received overwhelming support in a wind energy survey conducted this summer. Garry Plunkett, liaison between the town and the East Bay Energy Consortium (EBEC), which sponsored the report, turned the results in recently. See a .pdf copy of the report's results can be viewed at right. The survey received 990 responses. Some of the highlights include: Do you support the concept of building wind turbines in the industrial park? What is your view with regard to the effect on the environment of developing more wind energy? Have you been near enough to a modern wind turbine generator, like the Portsmouth High School unit, to hear it? If YES, was the …
Friday, August 12, 2011
The engineers studying the topography and soils of Tiverton's industrial park will present a plan in a few months that will outline the future marketability of its 177 acres.
The amount of constraint wetlands and rock ledge could provide within the 177 acres of Tiverton’s industrial park will determine how it will be subdivided to be marketable for future businesses. Tiverton Planner Chris Spencer gave an update to the Tiverton Town Council earlier this week on the progress of Cranston-based DiPrete Engineering, the engineering firm charged with studying the park. The parcel subdividing is being assisted through the Newport County Chamber of Commerce through a Small Business Association grant, and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. From a signed contract earlier this summer, DiPrete has 180 days to present a concept design for the park, which they will eventually bring to the Planning Board to …