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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 12-05-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 PAWTUCKET 5 PAWTUCKET – The City Council, at its meeting tonight, Dec. 5, will again consider a revised ordinance formalizing the city's declaration that the down- town riverfront Apex property is blighted, potentially setting the wheels in motion on a city take- over of the property. The council two weeks ago postponed a decision on officially approving an ordinance declaring the property blighted, giving the public the chance to comment on amendments to the changes. Council President David Moran said this week he expects a vote to "hopefully move forward" in bring- ing progress to the property. The amendments before the council eliminate the require- ment that a recreational use be part of the project and allows for redevelopment by current owner Andrew Gates, but states that it may become necessary for the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency to acquire the Apex properties through a consensual sale or by eminent domain at some point. Two council members who previ- ously voted to postpone a vote on the ordinance until a new council is sworn in next month, Mark Wildenhain and Terry Mercer, have said they don't expect to change their votes. The full council originally voted Nov. 7 to declare the property blighted through Amendment 15 of the city's redevelopment plan, but the accompanying ordinance maintained some outdated lan- guage from when a new baseball stadium was planned for the Apex property. Instead of passing the revised language with a new vote on Nov. 20, the council decided to hold another public hearing on the revisions. Mercer said two weeks ago that he wants to make sure officials aren't moving too quickly, stating some agreement with Apex owners that a declaration of blight could make the property less attractive to market. City officials are proceeding with efforts to redevelop the Apex site as a centerpiece domino in the redevelopment of the down- town and riverfront area, despite the announced departure of the Pawtucket Red Sox. They say they've gone to great lengths to help Gates create something new on the property at 100 Main St., near the Slater Mill, but to no avail. Apex 'blight' vote back up for discussion tonight, Dec. 5 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor City extends leaf collection to Dec. 14 PAWTUCKET – The city of Pawtucket and the Department of Public Works leaf pickup program will be extended to Friday, Dec. 14. Residents are asked to place leaf bags out on their normal trash pick- up day. The extension to the leaf program gives residents more time to dispose of any remaining leaves before the winter weather sets in. "We all want to keep our neigh- borhoods clean and beautiful," said Mayor Donald Grebien. "The city has taken advantage of this recent mild weather in order to provide the opportunity for our residents to dispose of their leaves over the next two weeks." Leaf bags should not be mixed in with regular household trash after the collection season ends as the mixed waste bags will not be picked up. Leaves and other yard waste, when mixed with household trash, add significantly to the city's cost of disposal. No plastic bags are allowed. After Dec. 14, residents are still able to dispose of filled leaf bags at no cost, by bringing them to the Grotto Avenue transfer station with a limit of up to three bags per day. Yard waste and leaf collection will begin again next April. Place your classified ad online at Do you have a family member who loves their Valley Breeze newspaper, but is heading south for winter? Yes, the Breeze is online, but many prefer "the newspaper in their hands." We'll put The Breeze in an envelope and mail it First Class for $4 per week, postage and handling. (They usually arrive in 2 days.) Just stop in or call our office with your check or credit card, with: • Your "snowbird's" name, full address while away, which edition they would like, and when to begin and end delivery of the paper. That's it! Visit The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. To 5 p.m. or Phone 334-9555 and ask for Rhonda or Deb during office hours. Thank you. Send 'A Warm Breeze' to Snowbirds… Mail 'The Valley Breeze' for Christmas

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