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The Valley Breeze & Observer 08-16-2018

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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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE DONNA O'CONNOR, children's librarian at the Hope Library in Scituate, leads the children in "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" at "Time for Twos," where children age 2 and older enjoy stories, movement, music, crafts and watermelon last Friday. See more photos on page 12. SMITHFIELD – Years of plan- ning and studies will come to a head tonight, Thursday, Aug. 16, as the Smithfield Planning Board hears major development plans for the large-scale development at Smithfield Village. Sitting off Route 44 and Esmond Street, the 27-acre development proposed by Churchill & Banks Company would have 27 buildings for both commercial and residential use. In total, the development will include 124 residential units, 25 of which will be for low-income hous- ing. Town Planner Michael Phillips said the project, in the works since 2001, had several iterations in the past that ultimately led to a Town Council- approved zone change from residen- tial to planned development in June 2014. Called the Putnam Pike/Esmond Street Planned Development District, section 9.3 of the Smithfield Zoning Ordinance outlines the development of the property as follows: • A 100-room or less four-story hotel no more than 54,000 square feet. • No more than 30,900 square feet of retail space. • No more than 12,200 square feet Board will review 27-acre Smithfield Village proposal By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See PROPOSAL, Page 9 SCITUATE – Citizens Against Chopmist Hill Estates may say "not in my backyard," but their reason- ing for the resistance appears to hold water: They say they want to be able to drink from their wells. In the rural neighborhoods behind the proposed affordable housing development live concerned neigh- bors who have struggled with get- ting water from their wells for years. When the land for Chopmist Hill Estates was initially purchased in 2015, Town Council President John Mahoney, a contractor, pro- posed building two houses on the site. Now Mahoney is proposing a Chopmist Hill Estates will run wells dry, say neighbors By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See CHOPMIST HILL, Page 15 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE AUGUST 16-22, 2018 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Call for SUMMER SAVINGS 401-654-5259 • Complete Heating Systems • Remodeling • Repairs • Water Heaters • Complete Sewage Ejector Systems for Basement Baths • Senior Citizen Discounts C. J. Nemes, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 24-Hour Emergency Service 769-4776 Master Plumber, R.I. #1911 Mass. #25011 Member of The Better Business Bureau Drain & Sewer Cleaning

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