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The North Providence Breeze 12-05-2018

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 NORTH PROVIDENCE / THE VALLEY 9 The Birthday Club Dec. 3 Christine Sousa, Happy 50th Birthday! From Steve, Zack, Josh and Ava Dec. 16 Happy Birthday Ava Sousa, We love you! From Mom, Dad, Zack and Josh Johnny Lightning Race Club meets Dec. 9 aty MacColl YMCA LINCOLN – The Lincoln Johnny Lightning Race Club will meet at the MacColl YMCA, 26 Breakneck Hill Road, on Sunday, Dec. 9. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.; sign-ups are at 9:30 a.m. and racing starts at 10:15 a.m. There will be racing with Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Johnny Lightning cars; also vendor tables with die cast cars to buy, sell, and trade. The group is accepting pack- aged toy donations for the YMCA Giving Tree. Call Jeremy at 401-248-1625 or visit ljlrc.com. Free admission. NORTH PROVIDENCE – A local company is looking to develop a new gym and barbershop in a vacant former manufacturing space at 1164 Douglas Ave., near Geneva Pond and just up the road from Shaw's. The proposal, for the 2,085-square- foot front area of the property most recently housing Service Tech Inc., would need a special use permit for legal nonconforming use, said Building Official Mike Carnevale. The Zoning Board needs an opinion from the Planning Board on the pro- posal's consistency with the compre- hensive plan, so the Planning Board will discuss an advisory opinion on Dec. 12 and the Zoning Board will hold a public hearing Dec. 20. "I think it's a good fit down there," said Carnevale on Monday. The back of the 14,000-square-foot building would be retained as six bays for rental. K & K Investments Inc. purchased the one-acre property for $400,000 a year ago, according to the town's real estate database. It is valued for tax purposes at $559,100. Town Planner David Westcott said the space was previously used for plating and other manufacturing uses. Property owner Nicole Guadagni filed the application for the owners, but an independent tenant would run both the gym and barbershop. According to the owners, it's been very difficult to find tenants for this building located in a manufacturing zone. A variance would allow the beneficial use of the property by giv- ing the owners the ability to attract a different type of tenant, they say. The gym would take up 1,723 square feet of space, while the bar- bershop and waiting area would fill another 340 square feet, according to the proposal. Westcott said the property owners have invested some money into the facility, but "the building has lan- guished." It will be up to the owners to make their case for the variance to allow uses that are not normally permitted in that district. "I don't see a mad rush to manu- facture there," said Westcott, adding that he doesn't foresee a major issue with granting the request. There have long been mixed views about what the Geneva area of town is, said Westcott, with some want- ing a more traditional commercial village feel, others wanting more general commercial uses such as the Shaw's store, and still others advocat- ing for a return to manufacturing or heavy industry. Detroit Collision has expanded and D'Agostino Auto Sales & Service have thrived here, but there are also diners and ice cream shops. "It's an interesting place where the town has mixed views on what uses should be applied there," said Westcott. Gym, barbershop planned for Douglas Avenue By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com The owners of this property at 1164 DOUGLAS AVE. are looking to add a gym and barbershop.

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