Keep Metacomet Green Drops Lawsuit, Will Continue Fight
The administrators of Keep Metacomet Green (KMG) have announced that their lawsuit agains the City of East Providence and Marshall Properties has been dropped.
“The end of the lawsuit is not the end of our efforts, but instead leads us into another phase in our fight to save the Met from development. Going forward, KMG will use every available tool in the box to save our community’s peaceful quality of life from those who prefer concrete to grass. KMG is still here and is not going away,” writes KMG administrator Candy Seel in a statement to GolfNewsRI.
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KMG was launched in July of 2020 in an effort to save Metacomet Golf Club from being turned into a shopping center.
The group has amassed nearly 3,000 members, including people from all over the state, region and country.
The group’s GoFundMe Page has raised over $12,000.
“On Friday, February 25, 2022, the directors of Keep Metacomet Green, Inc. (KMG) made the very difficult decision to voluntarily withdraw its complaint in Superior Court against the City of East Providence and Metacomet Properties, LLC (formerly Marshall Properties), due to financial considerations. This suit (PC 2021-5412) was filed in August 2021, subsequent to the City Council’s vote in July to rezone the former Metacomet golf course property from Open Space to a Subdistrict of the East Providence Special Development Waterfront District. A companion ordinance to amend the City’s Comprehensive Plan to incorporate this new Subdistrict was also approved by a majority of the Council members.
Although this end to our fight in court was disappointing, the lawsuit was just one tool in KMG’s toolbox. We began our fight in July 2020 with rallies and signs and bringing our cause to the forefront of discussion in the community. We fought off Marshall’s first petition to rezone. Within a short period of time, Marshall came back in less than 18 months with another application, which is prohibited by City ordinance except in certain instances. We tried to convince the Council that circumstances had not changed, which fell on deaf ears.
We went to the Planning Board with facts and compelling testimony from abutters and others, only to have the majority of Board members “kick it upstairs” to the Council as if the matter were a hot potato. We went before the Council with the same facts and compelling testimony from experts and heartrending testimony from residents, and the majority of the Council voted to rezone anyway. While one member of the Council fantasized about a Mediterranean hotel and a water taxi, other members expressed their anxiety over what could happen to the property if they didn’t vote to rezone, a vote clearly based on fear, not findings of fact.
The end of the lawsuit is not the end of our efforts, but instead leads us into another phase in our fight to save the Met from development. Going forward, KMG will use every available tool in the box to save our community’s peaceful quality of life from those who prefer concrete to grass. KMG is still here and is not going away.”