Fun at the Follies

By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 5, 2014

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Warren World

Karen Dionne, a friend of P&J’s and a concerned citizen of the lovely town of Warren, recently contacted P&J about an issue that’s a major topic of conversation there. “As you turn the corner after the second bridge,” she writes, “on the other side of manicured Barrington, the new ‘Welcome to Warren’ sign greets you. And opposite that, so does a sad, sweet antique brick building, covered in old vines and plywood and the ravages of unattended age, perched in the middle of a sea of ragged concrete, surrounded by a rusty chain link fence. That’s what we all see after all that pretty [scenery] we just drove past. Welcome to Warren, indeed!

“This neglected beauty, or eyesore depending on your point of view, has sat empty and abandoned for over 25 years, since Narragansett Electric (now National Grid) vacated it as a power plant,” she continues. “Restored, it would be a beautiful welcome center/public transportation hub, on the waterfront at the intersection of our Main Street, bike path, and River Walk. That’s what the town’s Economic Development Board wants, and others before them, and the Town Council agrees with us. Our state reps have made attempts at a solution, to no avail. Many Warrenites have been crying for its rescue for a long time. SOMETHING has to be done!”

If you’d like to lend a hand or learn more about this situation, check out the petition at change.org/petitions/senator-sheldon-whitehouse-tell-national-grid-save-this-historic-powerhouse-building-at-our-gateway.

Send another hour of daylight and Pulitzer-grade tips to p&j@phx.com.

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