By Edward T. Cardillo Jr. As the new representative in House District 42, I wanted to take this opportunity to address the proposal for a major land development on Hartford Avenue. Many constituents have reached out to me with their concerns regarding
As the new representative in House District 42, I wanted to take this opportunity to address the proposal for a major land development on Hartford Avenue.
Many constituents have reached out to me with their concerns regarding this development, and I wanted to assure them that I will do everything in my power to address it and make certain that it is a good fit for the people of Johnston.
It has been reported that negotiations are under way that may result in the purchase of 100 acres near the intersection of Routes 6 and 295, along with the building of a 1 million-square-foot warehouse. While economic growth is a positive that benefits all, and it’s fortuitous that Johnston has been chosen for this development, there are certain issues that have been brought up that I want to make sure get addressed by all parties involved.
First, I would like to see a plan for traffic flow. A project of this magnitude cannot be undertaken without having a major impact on the congestion and traffic patterns of the town. Specifically, I would like to know the number of vehicles expected, the number of heavy trucks, and an assessment of the toll these heavy trucks will take on our roads, along with any expected noise or other potential disruptions.
Second, I would like to see the tax relief plan for the town of Johnston. It is the desire and goal of every municipality to broaden and diversify its tax base, and a capital investment of this size may very well have a large effect on the town’s finances. I would like to know what exactly that effect will be and how it will manifest itself over the long term.
Last, I want to make sure that whatever business occupies this major land development will pay a living wage to its employees. Again, everybody benefits from economic development, and Johnston has a talented, educated and diverse workforce to offer any industry. For our part, we want to make sure any new jobs come with a living wage.
This proposal is still in the early stages of planning, but before it advances further, I plan to work with Commerce RI and the Department of Transportation to see that everyone’s interests are represented as we move forward with this project.
Edward T. Cardillo Jr., a Democrat, represents District 42 (Johnston, Cranston) in the Rhode Island House of Representatives.