Town seeks ideas for historical Coggeshall School

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The town of Portsmouth is seeking ideas on how to redevelop the former Coggeshall School, which has served many purposes in the past since its construction in 1925.

The school, located at 321 East Main Road, was most recently been occupied by the Aquidneck Island Christian Academy, who left the property in July. The original structure was expanded, in 1965, with an addition to provide additional classrooms and an all-purpose gymnasium.

The town is seeking ideas on how to redevelop the property for the future. The town has issued a Pre-Solicitation Notice that provides information on the property and a set of objectives that the town hopes to achieve in improving and repurposing the property.

The objectives include: improvement of the physical condition, providing adequate staffing for protection of the facility and the safety of users and the desire to establish and maintain a long-term relationship with any partner who contributes to the development and use of the property.

Along with other non-school department properties, the town has just completed a physical assessment of the school that was conducted by Jacobs Engineering whose report will be completed soon.

Richard Talipsky, Town Director of Business Development, said, “It would be a shame for such a historic property to physically degrade due lack of maintenance and use when it has significant potential to benefit the citizens of the town.”

He added, ”With limited town capital improvement funding, we’ll need to find innovative ways to gain grant funding and, perhaps, use public-private partnerships to defray the Town’s cost of needed work on the building.”

The Pre-Solicitation can be found on the Town website ( Requests for Proposal page and below. The deadline for comments and questions to the Pre-Solicitation in Thursday, Nov. 1.

For more information, contact Richard Talipsky at 401-643-0382 or email

Coggeshall School Draft Pre-solicitation 10-1-18

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