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The North Providence Breeze 07-11-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 11-17, 2018 NORTH PROVIDENCE 5 PROVIDENCE – Dr. Anthony Farina, owner of the town's most rec- ognizable eyesore at 1840 Mineral Spring Ave., has until Aug. 2 to submit a demolition plan for the building, according to a July 2 notice from Building Official Ben Nascenzi. "The next move is his as far as going to court, or whatever," said Mayor Charles Lombardi this week. Nascenzi's order to demolish, addressed to Farina's business part- ner and sister Brenda DelSignore, cites a June 29 assessment by Odeh Engineers stating the need for the action. Specifically, "the localized fail- ures of the building roofing system has caused localized deterioration, distor- tion and/or displacement of the roof sheathing and roof truss component members. ..." The roof is no longer capable of handling design loads, it states, and the roof "will eventually collapse from either gravity, wind or snow loads." Structural engineer David Odeh said the failure of the roof trusses bearing on the exterior block walls could even- tually cause those walls to collapse. Deteriorated sheathing panels "pres- ent a danger to the public," states the report. In addition to the safety concerns, Nascenzi said he believes a demolition order is appropriate because the build- ing has been vacant for more than 180 days, and has remained in such a condition that the repairs necessary to make it safe and clean would exceed 50 percent of its fair market value. The town also received an assess- ment back this week from Ahlborg Construction as reinforcement for the first evaluation. That report states that the building is "irreparable" due to "severe neglect." It lists extensive reno- vations and safety measures needing to be taken. Farina, who owns both the run-down building in question at 1840 Mineral Spring Ave. and the doctor's office building next door, has not responded to requests by The Breeze for comment. The ongoing feud between own- ers Farina and DelSignore and the town took a colorful turn when Farina commissioned a caricature painting of Lombardi depicted as the king of North Providence, sitting on a toilet. That painting was completed July 1, and immediately started drawing atten- tion. A painter on premises last Friday was using white paint to cover all painted areas except for the caricature. He said he was hired to paint over everything but that centerpiece. Lombardi said the response to the appearance of the painting has been 100 percent positive toward him, with everyone he comes across saying it reflects poorly on Farina. "The reception has been off the wall," he said, adding that he suspects the painter was covering other areas of the building last Friday because Farina was experiencing such a backlash over how the building looked. The town worked with Farina in 2016 to get a "temporary shoring plan" implemented at the building. The building has deteriorated further in the two years since, but Farina appears resolute in not tearing it down. The mayor maintains that his push to have the building torn down is all about maintaining the "health and wel- fare of the neighborhood," and Farina, as a doctor, should also be all about that goal, he said. Farina has claimed that the town has obstructed his efforts to redevelop the property. He blames the town for contributing to the poor condition of the property by conducting firefighter training on the premises in 2008. Lombardi about eyesore: The ball is now in owner's court By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTOS BY ETHAN SHOREY The graffiti caricature of Mayor Lombardi, above, remains on the "eye- sore" building. A man paints over the colored streaks that were previously on the building. Our 70th Year in Business 830 Cumberland Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI 02895 OPEN: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (401) 769-8128 TENT SALE Begins Thursday, July 12 TENT SALE SAVINGS! SAVINGS! SAVINGS! SAVINGS! Doors • Windows • Decking • Plinth Blocks • Wooden Shelf Brackets End Tables • Molding • Electrical • Craft Shop Items & More Summer Breeze SAVE With Our everyday LOW PRICES Algacides... $ 10 .00 + up Super SHOCK Gal... $ 4 .50 Liquid CHLORINE 5 gal... $ 18 .50 + deposit Peroxide SHOCK Gal... $ 20 .00 Creative Pool System, Inc. Swimming Pool Supplies & Services The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals Creative Pool System, Inc. 17 Commerce Street, Greenville (behind A&W) 949-4400 Family Owned and Operated with over 30 years experienced Our Specialization is Inground Swimming Pool Service Visit our showroom for all your Pool needs – Open 7 Days Filters & Pumps In Shop Repairs Hello Summaahhh

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