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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-09-2019

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24 PAWTUCKET / THE VALLEY JANUARY 9-15, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION future," he said. DPW Public Services Manager Joey Wilson said the decision to close the Grotto Avenue transfer station would be "crippling" to the city from an operational standpoint. "The items that the depart- ment picks up from trash cans in parks, in our business districts and throughout our city would no lon- ger be able to go to the transfer station. Tree trimmings and illegal dumping would also come at a significant cost and we would no longer be able to deal with that. We would have to add staff and buy more trucks to deal with the added burden." The mantra of the DPW and Mayor Donald Grebien's adminis- tration has been to "do more with less," said Wilson. "If we close the transfer station, taxes would have to be increased, and we would be pay- ing more to do less." A planned special City Council summit on the future of waste col- lection in the city will likely hap- pen the week of Jan. 28, says City Council President David Moran, but could happen sooner. "Either way I want to have it this month," he said. "We'll put some sort of agenda together." The Breeze reported a month ago that council members were leaning toward closing down the Grotto Avenue waste transfer station in favor of a new direct-hauling pro- gram, but council members must still decide whether the costs of that are worth it for the quality of life enhancements in the neighborhood. Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Grebien, said this week that since the council voted last June to oppose relocating the transfer station to an enclosed new facility on Concord Street, the city is now faced with the decision whether to invest heavily in upgrading the existing facility or spend a great deal of money closing the transfer station and hauling trash straight to Rhdoe Island Resource Recovery Corp. in Johnston. "With the sig- nificant tax implica- tions, the mayor asked the council at the end of the sum- mer to weigh in on this decision. We now expect them to make a decision and provide us with some guidance as to the transfer station sometime in January. "The mayor has repeatedly made clear in writing as well as in private discussions that the administration stands ready to work with them. We await additional information from the council president." Moran said Monday that he doesn't expect this month's meet- ings to include any decisions, say- ing it's more of "an informational thing." Grebien and his staff have said they need a decision soon because the decision by the council will have budgetary impacts. The City Council voted last August to approve a resolution authorizing a six-month extension with Grotto Avenue waste transfer facility operator Waste Connections Inc. WCI had been seeking up to $250,000 in operational and safety improvements as part of the lease extension through February 2019, but the council approved only $80,000 in improvements. The cost of making a switch to the direct-hauling trash service has been estimated at more than $1 million each year, plus a loss of annual revenue from transfer sta- tion operations. The cost of upgrad- ing the transfer station has been tabbed at up to $5 million total. While some City Council mem- bers said in December that they're leaning toward shutting down the facility, citing ongoing issues with smells, rats and other qualify of life concerns, they said they're con- cerned about the costs associated with doing so. The council voted last June to oppose building a new and expand- ed transfer facility on Concord Street after intense opposition from the neighborhood. TRANSFER From Page One MORAN people might not get in other mar- kets," he said. Upstairs, renovations continue on 17 market-rate apartment units, which Messier and Przybylko plan to have ready by spring. Among the apartments are two-bedrooms, one- bedrooms and studio "microlofts," a housing type only recently codified into Woonsocket's zoning ordinance. Messier said the development will target young professionals working at Highland Corporate Park but he also hopes to keep it affordable for the area, with rents falling between $800 and $1,300. Rounding out the project is an office space on the ground floor that will host Messier's company, Neighborhood Property Management, along with other small businesses. The area, he said, will function as a co- working space where companies and individuals can rent business space in a shared setting. A fitness center in the basement will be available to resi- dential and commercial tenants and hopefully provide an area for workout classes in the future. "Knowing that we wanted to put our office here, we knew we wanted it to be something we could be proud of," said Messier, who owns several other residential properties around the city. The brewery will be the second to open in Woonsocket and the first located downtown, where city officials have long attempted to draw new business into the vacant storefronts along Main Street. According to Zoning Official Carl Johnson, for- mer City Planner Rui Almeida laid much of the legal groundwork for the current development. In 2015, city officials established a "Downtown Overlay District" intended to expand possible uses and target development in the neighborhoods along Main Street. "Now we're seeing some of the pre- work that he did, and it's been helpful for the department to see some of these potential businesses get into the area," said Johnson. With several large downtown proj- ects, including the state-sponsored Northern Rhode Island Higher Education Center and passenger rail service to Worcester and Providence, on the books for the future, the area appears ripe for further develop- ment. Meanwhile, the city's brew- ery scene appears to be picking up speed. Ravenous Brewing Company, the city's first brewery, is currently in its sixth year of operations on Cumberland Hill Road and recently expanded its offerings to include a regular selection of canned beers. Lops Brewing, playing on its founder's name combined with the hops used for brewing, still has a few regulatory hurdles to clear before patrons can stop in for a cold one. But Lopolito is optimistic about the new business and hopes to drum up plenty of support before he brews his first batch in the new space. LOPS From Page 15 College Unbound sets open house Tuesday PROVIDENCE – College Unbound is hosting an Open House for the Fall 2019 semester on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 5:30 p.m., at its Providence campus, 325 Public St., Met Campus in the Justice Building. All interested students who have begun but not completed their undergraduate degree are invited to attend the hour-long session, which will include light refreshments in a child-friendly setting. College Unbound focuses on adult learners who have faced significant obstacles to attending college, and provides them with academic and financial support and credit for previ- ous coursework, language and life experience. 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