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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 02-06-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 6-12, 2019 PAWTUCKET 7 held meetings there. It was also a favorite gathering place for men who kept fit in Hugh Glancy's old gym on the second floor. Glancy was a for- mer featherweight champion of New England. In one of its past incarnations, the Queen Anne-style building located in the Times Square area of Pawtucket housed a cafe, shoe shine parlor and a watch repair shop. The building has seen two fires, one in 1927 and another in 1932, according to records. The Beswick in the past has been listed as vulnerable to potential new single-story commercial develop- ment. Potential uses have included a downtown hotel, upscale apartments, commercial offices or a fitness center. Cabral said his News Cafe enter- tainment venue will remain on the ground floor of the building, and Mama Africa is also expected to stay. He said the new owners "fell in love" with the building, and plan to complete a thorough overhaul, including new windows throughout. There's a potential for live-work studios on the upper floors of this building "centered in the gateway to Pawtucket," he said, as well as new storefronts. Cabral said the owners are espe- cially high on the planned revitaliza- tion of the nearby Broad Street corri- dor, which includes as its centerpiece a $13.5 million reconstruction of the roadway from Pawtucket through Central Falls and into Cumberland. The highlight on the Pawtucket end will be the reconstruction of the complex intersection the Beswick Building stands at. Overall, said Cabral, the owners are looking for stable and profes- sional businesses to move in. Langlykke said the owners love both the location and the architectur- al and historical beauty of the build- ing. She said they're "super excited" about the future here. "We'll be tightening it up and improving it," she said. Some of the setbacks in Pawtucket of late have "definitely been disap- pointing," she said, but the coming train station nearby, as well as the development of the Guild brewery and likely redevelopment of the Apex site, offer plenty of reasons for optimism. The owners see themselves as pio- neers of sorts in trying to get momen- tum back for the city, she said. There is nothing modern about the current structure, said Langlykke, but that will all change with the planned renovations, which are now begun. The owners believe they may have secured a new tenant for one of the ground floor spaces. Langlykke said there will be a lot of glass on the bot- tom floor, where just about any kind of commercial outfit is welcome, including food and drink establish- ments. On the second floor, the owners are planning to house either one larg- er tenant or to break it up into six or seven spaces, possibly for shared co- working uses with stations rented out. The third floor could also be either one larger commercial tenant or bro- ken up into six or seven units. That floor could also fit about five or six "micro lofts" if the owners choose to go the residential route. Cabral said the building also has a beautiful basement and the owners would like to do something with that space as well. THE BESWICK BUILDING on Exchange Street, above, is getting a top-to-bottom restoration from three developers who plan to bring new companies to the city. At right is a close-up from the Pawtucket Library's photo archive showing the recognizable front window on the Beswick Building. BESWICK From Page One Rhode Island Business Competition hosts series of free workshops PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Business Competition has announced it will host a series of free workshops aimed at helping emerg- ing and aspiring entrepreneurs learn about key facets of business develop- ment. The workshops will provide insights and tips on how to identify potential businesses, make the case for a new business, and get funding. The events, open to the public, will run through March, leading up to the April 1 deadline to apply to the 2019 Rhode Island Business Competition, which anticipates awarding prizes valued at $200,000. The workshops, to be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Tech Collective in Providence, are as follows: • Feb. 6 – Make Your Business Case • March 6 – Find Those Funds Visit for more information. Park Place Congregational Church Worship Each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Pastors Bill McMillan & Wayne Patenaude THRIFT SHOP OPEN WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS 8:30a.m.-12:30 p.m. 401-726-2800 71 Park Place (exit 27 off I-95), Pawtucket, Rhode Island

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