Some Suggestions for Reusing the Apex Building in Pawtucket

The Apex Building in Pawtucket, R.I., has been mostly vacant since 2001. (ecoRI News)

The Apex Building in Pawtucket, R.I., has been mostly vacant since 2001. (ecoRI News)

In our Aug. 28 e-newsletter, we asked our readers to envision what should go at the site of the long-shuttered Apex Building now that it's no longer being considered as the new home for the PawSox. We also put out a request for your ideas on social media. We received more than 60 responses.

Here are a few of the suggestions:

“How about a Solar Farm showcase for the state? That way, National Grid won’t have to tear down forests to build new [solar arrays].”
— Allison, Cranston

“I think the Apex would be the perfect location for a science museum. ... It would be such a great opportunity to bring tourists and keep RI residents visiting our city. ... It would make a fabulous tourist attraction. The space is large enough, and the building itself could expand vertically to accommodate parking.”
— Corrie, Cranston

“An MLS stadium for the New England Revolution. There have long been talks of moving this team to a more appropriately sized stadium on a public transit corridor. And adding a new MBTA commuter rail stop to the nearby Providence line would make this a reality. ... It would bring many of the same benefits the PawSox would have. ... The space could be used for semi-professional and amateur tournaments during off-seasons and away times as well, bringing more visitors to downtown Pawtucket. And connecting the dots by building bike infrastructure that makes the stadium easily accessible from Providence and the train could also insure this a forward-thinking development with sustainability in mind.”
— Carly, Providence

“A new neighborhood health station, integrated into the affordable housing/urban growing space.”
— Richard, Providence

“Vertical farmscrapers.'”
— Josh, Cranston

“My idea is to open a true factory outlet featuring all things made in RI. Everything from simple maker items, food products, right up to high end jewelry to heavy equipment. Since it's in the shadow of the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, there's a real story to be told here. It can also serve as an ambassador greeting center to showcase RI and as a gateway to the state.”
— Steve, West Greenwich