Date of Award

1998

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)

Department

Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

Howard Foster

Abstract

In 1977, Kaiser Aluminum left the Town of Bristol, Rhode Island, giving its manufacturing facility to Roger Williams College. Failing to gain zoning approval for a proposed educational/residential/industrial complex, the college sold the property to a private developer. While much of the former mill site was converted to an industrial park, other portions remained vacant and in disrepair. Recognizing the redevelopment potential of this facility, the Town of Bristol initiated a participatory process for the purpose of revitalizing and stabilizing the surrounding neighborhood.

The Bristol Town Council adopted the Kaiser Mill Complex and Revitalization Plan as part of its Comprehensive Plan in 1992 to serve as a guide for the redevelopment of the mill and surrounding neighborhood. Since much of this plan has been completed, or is currently being implemented, the Town of Bristol and the Mosaico Community Development Corporation now wish to broaden its scope beyond physical planning and consider issues relative to economic development. This project will assist the town with their effort.

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