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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 09-12-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 12-18, 2018 PAWTUCKET – Five years ago, city-based tour company Collette was in the midst of a "major con- sideration" of whether to stay in Pawtucket and Rhode Island, said Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Robert Colucci. Massachusetts at the time was "throwing some pretty good incen- tives" at Collette and other companies, he said. Collette, as it always is, was evalu- ating where it was as a company, espe- cially as it pertains to dealing with continued growth at its Middle Street headquarters, said Colucci. Although the financial aspects of the neighboring state's courting were attractive, the Sullivan family, which owns Collette, and Collette's staff knew then that the company belonged in Pawtucket where its roots are. "That means a lot to a family-run business," he said. Going beyond the numbers "played a lot into the deci- sion" to stay put, he said. A year or so ago, Collette began the process of rolling out some new products as part of an aggressive growth effort, said Colucci, accel- erating the push to craft a financial framework that would fit that goal of staying in the city. At a press conference last month, By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE A crew member of one of the DRAGON BOATS stretches out her hand to grab the pennant and win one of the many races, dur- ing the Dragon Boat races at Festival Pier along the Blackstone River, in Pawtucket, last Saturday. See more photos on page 10. Lorraine Fabrics project receives approval Vote on redevelopment of New England Paper Tubing property will wait PAWTUCKET – Prominent city developer Jonathan Savage has the zone change he needs to make way for his planned redevelopment of the Lorraine Fabrics building at 593 Mineral Spring Ave. Savage, seeking the change from existing industrial zoning to mill building reuse district zoning, brought attorney Michael Horan with him to seek the change last Wednesday, Sept. 5, saying an approval would allow him to rede- velop the property into a mixed residential/commercial facility without having to keep going back to zoning every month to seek approval for particular uses. Under his proposal, Savage says the Lorraine Fabrics business, now more than 50 years old, will "stay open as it has for many decades" on the first floor, while the upper By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See LORRAINE, Page 8 Collette details path to staying, growing in Pawtucket Company looking at possibility of leasing downtown space COLUCCI Election results See results from today's primary election online at valleybreeze.com after polls close at 8 p.m. Look for complete coverage of the results in next week's print edition. Fierce competition on the Blackstone See COLLETTE, Page 12 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 www.GeorgeMPrescottLaw.com No fee for initial consultation. Check out our Fall Home & Garden Business Directory INSIDE Fierce competition on the Blackstone Check out our Fall Home & Garden Business Directory INSIDE fa ll Home & Garden Business Directory 2018 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. SEPT-13-2018-FHID.indd 1 9/6/18 10:05 AM

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