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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-11-2019

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4 NORTH COUNTY APRIL 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION Board grants approval, the developer would like to break ground by the end of this year, opening stores in 2020. "It's a great redevelopment for the town," he said. The building, located at 473 Putnam Pike, does not meet cur- rent fire, wetland or traffic codes, Shekarchi said during the Planning Board meeting. Redeveloping the building will put it in compliance with many, but not all. "We're trying to bring the building into compliance," he said. Project Engineer Steven Garafalo said plans to comply more with the comprehensive plan include reduc- ing curb cut, and reducing the park- ing lot to one entrance and one exit. He said developers decided to keep the most easterly opening closest to Cedar Swamp Road. Garafalo said the connection to the "Little Dave's" (Dave's Market) in the rear of the lot will remain open. He added that the Carpionato Group is known for developments such as the Chapel View in Cranston and the Crown Plaza Hotel in Warwick. He said this is a "first-class" developer that maintains its proper- ties well, giving buildings a face-lift every 10 years or so. As far as dimensional relief, Shekarchi said while the new build- ing is not entirely in compliance with zoning, the Carpionato Group's plans will bring it closer. Requested vari- ances include wetland and rear set- back and relief on drive-thru stacking length, as the project is only planned to reach five of the eight vehicle lengths needed. Plans for the 146,514-square-foot building include splitting the main building into two smaller spaces. "It will increase the size of the land surrounding the building," Shekarchi said. In the renderings, the smaller 6,350-square-foot building to the left of the property will feature a restau- rant and retail location. To the right, the larger building will be trimmed down to 18,000 square feet and will be home to several retail stores and end with a bank on the corner near Dave's. A special use permit for the drive- thru, which is needed for all drive- thrus in town, is needed for the bank. Though the Carpionato Group previously purchased 29 of the 31 Benny's locations for an estimated $100 million in investments in the properties, the group did not pur- chase the former Benny's headquar- ters, located in the Esmond Mill complex at 340 Waterman Ave. since the 1960s. The sale of that 540,272-square- foot building, valued at $3.3 million, is still pending. Plans have not yet been disclosed for the redevelop- ment of the headquarters property. BENNY'S From Page One Farrell claims 'Madness' prize with Virginia pick Nobody saw them coming. Of all of our entrants in The Valley Breeze March Madness contest, nobody saw the runs of Texas Tech or Auburn for college basketball's greatest prize. There were plenty of votes for Duke, Gonzaga, or North Carolina to make the Final Four, but all fell by the way- side. In the end, only two entrants chose two of the Final Four finalists. They are Bob Ferri, of Central Falls, and Pete Riley, of Providence. Both entrants picked both Virginia and Michigan State to be in the Final Four, and they will share the $100 prize. For our entrants, Duke was the biggest heartbreaker. The second prize of $75, for picking Virginia as national cham- pion, goes to Beverly Farrell of Cumberland. Nobody picked Texas Tech as runner-up, so a random drawing was held for the $50 prize among those who came closest by picking Virginia as runner-up. They were Claudette Poudrier, of Attleboro, Mass; Donald Nicienski, of Burrillville; Al Norman, of Woonsocket; Gerry Lapierre, of North Smithfield; and Mike Tassone, of Lincoln. Tassone was chosen win- ner in the random drawing. Congratulations to all! Known for their upscale projects, the Carpionato Group submitted renderings for the proposed development at the FORMER BENNY'S LOCATON at 473 Putnam Pike, including a restaurant, several retail stores, and a bank on the end. The Town of Glocester proposes to increase its property tax levy to $20,461,101 in the 2019-2020 budget year; the property tax levy this year is $19,767,422. The FY 2019 and FY 2020 tax levies have excluded motor vehicle excise tax for the purpose of determining tax levy growth pursuant to current law. THIS IS A PROPOSED INCREASE OF 3.51 %. It has been estimated that the proposed increase in property tax revenues will result in a property tax rate of $20.66 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for residential real estate, $24.79 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for commercial/industrial/mixed use property and $41.32 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for tangible personal property, as compared to the current property tax rate of $20.00 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for residential real estate, $24.00 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for commercial/ industrial/mixed use property and $40.00 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for tangible personal property. The preliminary FY 2019-2020 motor vehicle levy includes taxes on motor vehicles at an unchanged rate of $24.37 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, which includes the exemption amount provided by the state's motor vehicle excise tax phase-out legislation up to $3,000. A property tax rate of $20.75 for residential real estate, $24.90 for commercial/industrial/mixed use property and $41.50 for tangible personal property would be needed in the coming budget year to raise the maximum levy authorized by section 44-5-2 of the general laws. The Town of Glocester Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Glocester Town Hall, 1145 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI 02814. The purpose of the hearing will be to obtain written or oral comments from the public on the Operating and Capital Improvement Program Budgets for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. All interested citizens, groups and individuals are encouraged to attend. An all-day referendum will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm at the Glocester Senior Center, 1210 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI. The above property tax estimates have been computed in a manner approved by the Rhode Island Department of Revenue. TOWN OF GLOCESTER NOTICE OF PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX RATE CHANGE TOWN OF GLOCESTER REPORT TO TAXPAYERS ON CURRENT AND PROPOSED BUDGET FUNCTION OR PURPOSE CURRENT BUDGET FY 2019 PROPOSED BUDGET FY 2020 OPERATIONS CAPITAL OPERATING CAPITAL EXPENDITURES Central Administration 935,345 107,900 943,578 12,000 Financial Administration 868,396 822,748 42,000 Public Safety 2,557,093 58,572 2,583,416 217,000 Department of Public Works 2,025,344 445,000 2,066,776 526,130 Recreation & Senior Center 321,898 107,086 331,036 11,500 Social Services 34,794 34,814 85,000 Other Operational Expenses 571,362 639,817 Aid Requests 393,380 400,918 Education 20,209,482 300,000 20,685,419 300,000 Capital Reserve 549,833 563,630 Debt Service 279,818 210,637 Addit'l transfer from to capital 553,725 745,000 Reserve for Future Operations-Glocester Schools (GSD) 100,000 100,000 TOTAL 29,400,470 1,018,558 30,127,789 1,193,630 REVENUES Property Tax 21,501,032 21,970,646 Local Non-Property 4,068,956 4,110,212 State Aid 3,061,757 3,114,931 Transfer from Surplus/Reserves 888,725 952,000 Transfer in Proration Adj from FG Region 0 100,000 Abatements/Allowances for Uncollected Taxes (120,000) (120,000) Capital Reserve 1,018,558 563,630 Reappropriate funds from completed projects 100,000 Transfer From Surplus 530,000 TOTAL 29,400,470 1,018,558 30,127,789 1,193,630 CERTIFICATION: This is to certify that data contained in this report is accurate to the best of my knowledge. George O. Steere, Jr., Town Council President, Town of Glocester

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