Environment
4:37 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

$1.1M heading to Westerly to turn flood-prone property into green space

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island’s congressional delegation says a little more than a million dollars in federal funding is on its way to buy property in Westerly. The plan is to turn land along Canal Street into open green space.

The $1.1 million in federal funding will go toward the purchase of five residences and three pieces of non-residential property on Canal Street in Westerly’s north end. The area floods often and was severely damaged during the big flood of 2010. The plan is to demolish the homes and turn the land into wetlands.  

Westerly has already bought a nearby patch of land that was once home to a gas station and metal shop. It stretches along the Pawcatuck River and the town plans to turn it into a waterfront park. And work is being done to improve sidewalks and drainage on another piece land in the area.

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