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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-28-2018

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10 SMITHFIELD NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 5, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER SMITHFIELD – Two large contro- versial developments will be heard by the Planning Board tonight, Nov. 29, including the mixed-use develop- ment Smithfield Village off Route 44 and Esmond Street. The board will also hold a public hearing to make amendments to the comprehensive plan to adjust the Economic Growth Overlay District to include the proposed Mowry Hill Commons at 150 George Washington Highway. According to Town Planner Michael Phillips, both developments will present some changes to plans during Thursday's meeting. SMITHFIELD VILLAGE A traffic engineer hired by the town to conduct a peer review on the Smithfield Village traffic study will present findings during the meet- ing. Phillips said the traffic engineer will provide comments on the traffic study and mitigation plan, as well as any revisions to the preliminary plan. Abutters to Smithfield Village have expressed concerns that the area already suffers from heavy traffic. To ease concerns, developers proposed adding a second left-turn lane on Route 44 onto Esmond Street as well as widening Esmond Street for a sec- ond entry lane. John Shevlin, traffic engineer for Smithfield Village developer Churchill and Banks, said the lane expansions will minimize the impact of Smithfield Village on the area. "It's a win-win for everybody in the situation," Shevlin said. Residents say the 27-acre develop- ment, which will include commercial and residential buildings, including 25 units of low- and moderate- income housing out of proposed 124 units, is too large for the congested area. Plans for Smithfield Village will also include a hotel of 100 rooms or fewer, no more than 30,900 square feet of retail space, no more than 12,200 square feet of office space, and 395 parking spaces. MOWRY HILL COMMONS Phillips said he sees the expansion of the Economic Growth Overlay district for Mowry Hill Commons as parallel to other plans of expansion along a section of Route 116 east of I-295. The rezoning would switch the lot from low/medium density residential to planned corporate with the growth overlay extension. "The character is very similar, light industrial to residential mixed," Phillips said during a past presenta- tion. The proposed Mowry Hill Commons would be home to a 20,000-square-foot commercial devel- opment on a 2.21-acre lot, consisting of six commercial units with 12 resi- dential units in the rear. The Planning Board previously suggested nearby residents discuss their concerns with the developer about the project's master plan. Abutters, mainly the Emin fam- ily, said light pollution from nearby developments is disturbing their sleep, and they fear Mowry Hill will create more of an issue. Seth Emin said the town should be preserving land, not rezoning resi- dential property and developing it. In total, eight additional changes will be made to the plan: • Previously proposed entry on Two big Smithfield projects up for consideration By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer MOWRY HILL COMMONS seeks a zone change to extend the Economic Growth Overlay District into a residential zone. See DEVELOPMENTS, Page 14 Proud Member of RI Farm Bureau OPEN EVERYDAY! Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Owned & Operated by the Polseno Family Farm & Greenhouses Scituate Nursery 767 Hartford Pike, Scituate, RI 401-934-0581 Gift Certificates Available Great selection of Live & Cut Trees Poinsettias Kissing Balls Wreaths 10"-36" Cemetery Baskets Roping & more Receive a complimentary bag of apples with every purchase of $25 or more! SeaSoned FIReWood Cut & Split DOOR PRIZE– Two vouchers to the Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep. TOY DRIVE– Drop off center for unwrapped toys 20 Austin Avenue, Greenville RI 401-949-3880 Saturday, December 8th from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Arts & Crafts • Jewelry • Knitted & Homemade Items Bake Sale • Elephant Sale • Straw Raffle & Large Raffle Event!

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