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The North Providence Breeze 04-10-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 10-16, 2019 BUSINESS 7 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Local developer Joe Iaciofano, owner of Wendy's at 1460 Mineral Spring Ave., is protesting the town's earlier approval of a parking plan for neigh- boring Providence Bagel, saying Town Planner David Westcott "made a big mistake" approving it. Customers of Providence Bagel, at 1480 Mineral Spring Ave., are parking at Wendy's and then walk- ing across a short median to get to Providence Bagel, Iaciofano told the Town Council at its April 2 meeting. Iaciofano said he was unaware that Spicer Street neighbors of Providence Bagel were going to be turning out at the April 2 meeting to talk about parking issues with the restaurant on their side of the building. Providence Bagel is a nice business with a "beautiful building," Iaciofano says, but he also must defend his own property. Both restaurants recently opened, replacing older vacant buildings. Iaciofano noted that he and his family have completed numer- ous development projects in North Providence and have plans for more. He said Providence Bagel should not be dependent on Wendy's to do its business, and customers are trespassing on his property. He said if this situation isn't corrected, there are steps he'll have to take. Asked by the council if he wanted to address Iaciofano's complaints, Providence Bagel owner Chris Wietecha and his attorney declined, but they did address complaints from residents. Wietecha said police have put up new signage and he and his staff are doing everything to make sure peo- ple are complying with parking rules on the Spicer Street side of his prop- erty, opposite Wendy's. Employees are now parking behind nearby Jacky's Galaxie, he said, and he and others continue to remind customers and delivery drivers about the rules. "We're doing everything in our power to be the best neighbors that we can," he said. Iaciofano said he approached Westcott to express his concern about a 3,800-square-foot Providence Bagel being built on a 15,000-square- foot lot, with a total of 12 parking spots, and was told to testify before the Planning Board. But when he did testify, he saw a "bald head" (Westcott) emerge from behind the Planning Board and take issue with it. Westcott told The Breeze he supports Iaciofano's right to voice his opinion, but objects to what he sees as a mis- representation of the facts. "For the record, the parking at Providence Bagel complies with all zoning requirements. Zoning com- pliance is certified by the zoning officer and the Zoning Board, not by Mr. Iaciofano," he said. Parking requirements are based on occu- pancy limits, which are determined by the fire marshal, not by Mr. Iaciafano. Projects are approved by the Planning Board and the Zoning Board based on the established facts of the case, not on anyone's personal preferences." Wescott said he is eager to hear rel- evant public testimony, "but I don't believe my bald head is really a suit- able topic for discussion before the Town Council." Lt. Michael Tavarozzi, of the North Providence Police Department, updated the council on his depart- ment's efforts to improve the parking situation on Spicer Street, saying they're monitoring it around the clock and being as diplomatic as pos- sible as people grow accustomed to the new signage prohibiting parking. Wendy's owner balks at Providence Bagel using his parking By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY The owner of WENDY'S on Mineral Spring Avenue, pictured at left, is upset that customers of PROVIDENCE BAGEL, right, are using his parking lot and then walking over to the neighboring restaurant. New Membership Discounts Available 31 Dexter Rock Road, Lincoln, RI "Great Course, Great Value, Great People" Open HOuse Saturday, April 13th Noon - 3 p.m. & Sunday, April 14th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. • Tour our beautiful golf course and book your FREE round of golf • Meet our Pro, Bruce MacDonald and visit our top-notch Pro Shop • Enjoy Hors d'Oeuvres & Beverages at Tomaselli's Restaurant RSVP to Mario Lemme at 401.626.6311 or e-mail: Book A 40+ Person Outing & Receive: • Two $25 Pro Shop Gift Certificates • Two $25 LCC Restaurant Gift Certificates • A Free Foursome with Carts $70 Per Person for 18 Holes with Carts & Dinner Contact Bill Hervieux at 401.338.2963

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