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Reminder: Eagle Square meeting tonight

Here's the scoop:

Promenade District Neighborhood Meeting

Forum for a community dialogue

When: Wednesday, August 29th 2007. 7PM

Where: Providence Public Safety Complex, Auditorium (1st Fl.)

325 Washington St. (Please park in garage directly across Dean St. from entrance)

"What is the neighborhood impact of the Shaw's Supermarket departure from Eagle Square?

What does the community want in its place and what role can we have as stakeholders to influence Super Value in its choice of a replacement tenant?"

Five years ago, the Providence City Council supported the Eagle Square development because of a commitment to bring a Shaw's Supermarket to our neighborhood and the belief that this would improve the standards and quality of life for the local community. It is clear by the recent concerns that have been raised over its departure, that the presence of Shaw's has indeed been an important face and venue for those who live in our community. The fact that the long-term commitment of this supermarket has not manifested itself means that the neighborhood and all of its improvements stand a real chance of being compromised by the outcome. Please join neighborhood residents, businesses, City Councilwoman Joan DiRuzzo and representatives from New England Expedition & Shaw's Supermarket for a community discussion of the impact this has on our neighborhood and how we can play a role in its outcome.

* Would you make an effort to shop at Shaw's if it stayed open on a trial basis?

* What would you like to see in the place of a Shaw's supermarket?

* How will the loss of a Shaw's anchor tenant affect the other Eagle Sq. tenants...the residential market, local businesses and the RIPTA services to Eagle Square?

* Why did this happen and what can we do to support the existing businesses in the Eagle Square Shopping Center?

* How can the venues at Eagle Square serve you better?

* What kinds of shops, services and businesses would you like to have in the Promenade District and how can we encourage developers to seek them out?

* How can we as a neighborhood community organize ourselves to be better connected with the local businesses so that we are aware of financial difficulties from the onset?

Please bring your thoughts to the table on August 23rd. We will try to treat this as a preliminary dialogue and hope to organize the interested parties through a contact email list so we can act in a timely manner to the situation. In order to have a productive discussion, please keep your thoughts brief and focused on the immediate situation and not the controversy that has been associated with Eagle Square.

Please RSVP to pdneighborhood@gmail.com For questions or directions:

(401) 338-1714

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