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The North Providence Breeze 04-03-2019

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6 NORTH PROVIDENCE APRIL 3-9, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION The new offices at Town Hall have new furniture, new floors, and a fresh coat of paint. The only missing link in this one- stop-shop at Town Hall is the fire marshal's office, which will be mov- ing with the Fire Department to the new safety complex. Officials have placed a sign at the current safety complex to let people know about the move, and a sign has been commissioned for the back of Town Hall to let people know to come right in on that level, said Lombardi. "It's set up really nice," he said. Some can now come in to do their business with these departments and go straight upstairs to check any records for a parcel or see what it's assessed at for taxes. "Any information pertaining to one's property now is going to be in one building," he said. BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Renovations have also been completed in COUNCIL CHAMBERS on the third floor of Town Hall. In the area where the assessor's office was, the BUILDING INSPECTOR will now have an office at Town Hall. TOWN HALL From Page 3 eyesore, said Lombardi. Buying it just makes sense for the town and its young people, who would be able to use it during recess. Lombardi said owners of 15 Cottage St. approached officials about the possibility of the town buying the house and lot, which are valued at $207,000 in the town's tax database and cover about 16,000 square feet of property. The School Committee voted unanimously on March 6 to autho- rize approval of the purchase of the property abutting McGuire to expand the play area for students. The Town Council was set to vote on the purchase at its meeting Tuesday, April 2. The town has had its eye on the property for some time, according to Lombardi. Officials are also targeting pur- chases of two other homes to expand school facilities, these near the future new Stephen Olney Elementary School on Douglas Avenue near Mineral Spring Avenue. The spaces the homes currently occupy would be used to enhance traffic flow and safety in the area, which is heavily congested with traffic. One of those properties is 42 Barrett Ave., where 11,000 square feet of land and home are valued at $265,000 in the town's tax database. Negotiations have been ongoing here between the town and property owner, and officials were in the pro- cess of getting an appraisal done. The other property is at 48 Barrett Ave., also covering 11,000 square feet and valued at $205,000. Lombardi has said the town is confident in its ability to secure the property. If successful in buying it, 42 Barrett Ave. next door would effectively be rendered an island on its own, meaning it would be ideal to acquire both. On March 13, the schools' consul- tant on the new elementary schools, S/L/A/M, presented conceptual plans to the Facilities Committee showing one configuration with a single property secured and one with both properties purchased. Those were held for review by the mayor. Lombardi has said his main con- cern related to the area around Olney is congestion during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, and removing homes will smooth the sit- uation. Once new schools open this fall, buses would be able to pull in off the street instead of being backed onto Dougals Avenue. The potential traffic pattern improvements were not included in the original project plan for Stephen Olney School. Lombardi previously said he raised the discussion early in the construction process when he realized a row of three houses on Barrett Avenue were very close to the school property. The existing plan for traffic at Olney is considered safe, but experts on the school project say expanding the site would improve traffic circula- tion and enhance safety for students. The cost for traffic flow improve- ments is tabbed at between $800,000 and $900,000, not counting the pur- chases themselves. Officials hope to pay for the work with the existing $75 million school bond without cut- ting other areas of the project. HOUSE From Page One The town is seeking to buy this home at 15 COTTAGE ST. to demolish it and develop new play space next to the coming new McGuire Elementary School. We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Our philosophy: (401) 762-2400 • We're attentive, grateful, well-behaved (mostly), and always happy to see you. Visit our full-service animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care. Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! 401-475-6116 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI

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