Pawtucket voters approved Question 4 which would allocate funds for the demolition McCoy Stadium and the development of a new high school in its place.
McCoy Stadium (photo from ABC6)
McCoy Stadium (photo from ABC6)
The one time I was there, The Bucket seemed extremely auto centric. I think you would expect Teachers and Staff to drive to work. Now I'm sure they wouldn't need 583 spaces for that... but they might be land banking for further expansion too if it comes to that. May as well let students drive to class in the meantime.583 parking spaces seems like a lot for an urban high school campus.
The one time I was there, The Bucket seemed extremely auto centric. I think you would expect Teachers and Staff to drive to work. Now I'm sure they wouldn't need 583 spaces for that... but they might be land banking for further expansion too if it comes to that. May as well let students drive to class in the meantime.
Thanks for doing such a great job of summarizing this! I hope both buildings can get adaptive reuse, but Tolman in particular.The construction of a new single unified high school in Pawtucket will result in the two former high school sites being available for future development. The city already has two former public schools that have been converted into housing - Doyle Manor (originally opened in 1895 as Pawtucket High and later the first Jenks Jr High School) and the Church Hill School (built 1890 and converted in 2020). In addition to these, the former St Edward's/Woodlawn Regional Catholic School is currently being converted into housing. One would think that its current two high school buildings might see similar development.
The four story + basement level Colonial Revival style Tolman High occupies a very desirable location as it is right by Route 95 in the downtown diagonally across the Blackstone River from City Hall. It was built as the single city high school back in 1926. The southern wing along Exchange Street contains a large 1,300 fixed seat auditorium with a horseshoe shaped second level balcony and lobby with its own entrance. The north wing contains the gym and as basement pool. The structure was even grander in its early decades as it once had an columned portico extending out from its main central entrance.
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Shea High School is on East Avenue at the beginning of the desirable residential Oak Hill neighborhood which abuts the East Side of Providence. The three story Art Deco style structure opened in 1939.
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I agree. Tolman has a more attractive location for developers being perched right on the river across from city hall and just a short block away from Route 95. In my view it is the grander of the two schools. It would however be a great loss if the auditorium/theater wing was not retained as it is the largest such venue left in the city (sadly the once spectacular 2,500 seat Leroy Theater was demolished in 1997 to make way for a Walgreen's). Tolman High has the prominence typically associated with an important government building. If the city ever wanted a larger city hall to house all its departments, it would certainly fit the bill.Thanks for doing such a great job of summarizing this! I hope both buildings can get adaptive reuse, but Tolman in particular.
Ditto that (great job summarizing).Thanks for doing such a great job of summarizing this! I hope both buildings can get adaptive reuse, but Tolman in particular.
Seems like it would only take a slight realignment of the football field to be able to reuse the left field grandstand a la Nickerson Field...
Ditto that (great job summarizing).
Serious, non-sarcastic question: is it reasonable to presume the City of Pawtucket's planning/development staff is very bogged-down in the takeover of the blighted Apex pyramid site, and that whole riverfront soccer development scenario? I hope they have the staffing/capacity to attend to these far more pragmatic/"low-hanging fruit" redevelopment initiatives, and not be too diverted by such annoying sideshows as Apex and the soccer stadium...