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The North Providence Breeze 04-24-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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6 NORTH PROVIDENCE APRIL 24-30, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION and tearing the old building down will accomplish the dual goal of bringing new parking and removing an eyesore. Mayor Charles Lombardi told The Breeze the town is putting the proj- ect out to bid this month. Demolition of the building will be combined with development of a new parking lot in one job, he said. "It will let every- one know we're making an honest effort to get more parking in the area, and hopefully it will attract more people in the future," said the mayor. He said the town will likely add crosswalks for those who want to park and then walk the area. Piche said this "centralized lot for Centredale" will be one of the most visible signs yet of the improvements that are happening in Centredale, where he's purchased and is renovating multiple proper- ties as part of a long-term invest- ment. The owners of the nearby Hopscotch Room Village, located within easy sight of the new park- ing lot, got the revival of the village going in earnest, he said, and now others are joining in to make this a destination area similar to others across the state. Right next to the Brayton School, fronting on Mineral Spring Avenue, is the old Town Hall, a building Piche sees hosting more events in the future. He said he and others are working on the possibility of identifying grant funds to improve the building and he would like to see it used for assemblies of local groups and a facility that could host various events. At Christmastime, Piche envi- sions old Town Hall hosting pictures with Santa Claus and hot chocolate as part of a joint event with the modern Town Hall and its big tree lighting. Piche said he also had a conversation with the owner of the Thirsty Beaver Pub in Smithfield about running a toy drive similar to Toys for Tots for children in town. That could also be incorporated into Centredale's Christmas season festivities, he said. The old Town Hall is currently used for some historic commission meetings. "I really think it should see a lot more use," said Piche. "There's a lot of history in it." In a similar way to Camp Meehan now bringing in rental money, Piche sees the underutilized old Town Hall on Mineral Spring Avenue as a potential revenue gen- erator for the town. Centredale is currently seeing extensive commercial development, said Piche, and this added parking will be a good step in bringing more foot traffic to local businesses. "Things are definitely moving in the right direction," he said. Long-term efforts over the next two or three years to convert the one-way road system to two-way traffic and complete a grant-funded streetscape project are also ongo- ing, he said. For the immediate future, the North Providence Environmental Commission recent- ly approved the addition of 50 hanging flower baskets on the deco- rative light poles in the area, with flowers to be installed this spring. There's been "a huge outpouring of support in the community" for these comprehensive efforts, Piche said, with business owners "excited to see what we have in store for the area." The goal, he emphasized, is to create a destination area similar to many others around the state, with more people walking and enjoying what the once-vibrant vil- lage has to offer. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY THE OLD NORTH PROVIDENCE TOWN HALL, above, which is across from the Hopscotch Room on Mineral Spring Avenue in Centredale, plays a role in officials' plans for a revitalized village. Behind the building is the former Brayton School, which will be demolished to make way for new parking. 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