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Buildings surrounding T.F. Green to be demolished, rebuilt

Some of the buildings and property surrounding T.F. Green Airport in Warwick are in the process of being demolished or rebuilt to enhance the economic appeal of the area. (WJAR)

Some of the buildings and property surrounding T.F. Green Airport in Warwick are in the process of being demolished or rebuilt to enhance the economic appeal of the area.

The Rhode Island Airport Corporation, also known as RIAC, owns property outside of the confines of T.F. Green, like one particular stretch of buildings along Airport Road.

Daniel Porter is the vice president of Planning and Environment of the agency.

“Now that we have finished some projects with the airfield, the runway safety areas and the extension, RIAC is now poised to go outside the airfield and clean up some of the blighted properties at this location,” Porter said Wednesday while standing in front of the now empty Rosie’s Lounge.

For a number of years, RIAC has owned that and a number of adjacent properties, and has leased them out. But with the airport expansion, it's now designated as in the 'Runway Protection Zone'.

“It's an area just beyond the runway. It's a trapezoid that the FAA considers that needs to be free of property and people on the ground,” said Porter.

No new buildings will be going up on the RIAC owned property, as it will all be turned in to green space.

There are other existing privately-owned buildings and businesses within the RPZ, but the Airport Corporation said that's a federal designation and there are no plans to acquire or raze those structures.

"Don't overreach or overthink it," is how a spokesperson put it.

In fact, within the zone, RIAC has reached a deal with Enterprise-Rent-A-Car to use the old geodesic dome land for a new facility.

Meanwhile, other properties owned by RIAC outside of the zone are being improved.

The old Comfort Inn on Post Road has been bought by the Procaccianti Group, turning it into a Fairfield Inn by Marriott, complete with a covered walkway to the airport.

And plans for the recently purchased and closed Laz Airport Parking facility on Post Road.

“Right now, we're going to market it and see what's best for that particular area,” said Porter.

He said it’s all being done to enhance the experience of the City Centre of Warwick -- for aesthetics and continued economic growth.

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