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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-24-2019

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2 PAWTUCKET APRIL 24-30, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – Officials are ask- ing the City Council to adopt the majority of the proposed Conant Thread District Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) zoning ordi- nance for the area around a com- ing train station so redevelopment efforts there don't grind to a halt. In a letter last week to the council suggesting the move to approve the majority of the ordinance, Director of Commerce Jeanne Boyle refer- enced public testi- mony at an April 10 meeting centered on a proposal to insti- tute a 10 percent mandate for afford- able housing in the TOD district. During that meet- ing, it became clear that there were a number of areas requiring further research and refinement, said Boyle, and the council requested that the Planning Department review the ordinance and provide additional information on best practices for inclusionary zoning ordinances incorporating the affordable housing component. "As this is a complex issue and there (are) a variety of approaches that the City Council may take, I would respectfully request that the (council) consider proceeding with the adoption of the remainder of the TOD ordinance as it reviews inclu- sionary zoning models," she wrote. City Council President David Moran said he anticipates that Boyle's letter will be referred to the council's ordinance and ad hoc eco- nomic development and neighbor- hood improvement subcommittees for review and discus- sion during the council's meeting tonight, April 24. "After that it may come back to the floor to discuss and possibly vote on that portion of the ordinance but continue to study the affordable housing issue as well within the time frame previously laid out (90 days)," he said. Councilor Meghan Kallman previ- ously said that she would want to see any breaking up of the ordi- nance to come with a guarantee that the affordable housing component will be considered at a future date. Council action on the ordinance is critical for a number of reasons, Boyle said, including that: • The TOD is located within a fed- erally designated opportunity zone offering tax benefits for investing in such zones. The program, expiring in 2027, sees a tax benefit diminish over time and developers can maxi- mize the incentive by making an investment in a project this year. "We had anticipated that certain projects in the TOD were poised to proceed based upon the passage of the TOD zoning," she wrote. "We are concerned that a delay of sever- al weeks and the uncertainty associ- ated with the zoning approval may result in financing delays or loss of financing," wrote Boyle. • The city has requested that its state delegation submit opportu- nity zone tax credit legislation that would enhance the competitive position of the city in attracting opportunity zone investors to the city. "In a difficult budget year for the state, we have urged the General Assembly to proceed with this legislation because we were aware of development projects poised to move forward in the TOD," Boyle wrote. "We are concerned that the delay in the adoption of the TOD zoning will result in the delay of these projects and will diminish our ability to convince the state legisla- ture to adopt the tax credit legisla- tion." • The TOD ordinance is a mar- keting tool setting Pawtucket and neighboring Central Falls apart and sends the message to the develop- ment community that the cities have taken innovative and unique steps to promoting redevelop- ment. It's important to seize on the momentum the city is seeing, she said, particularly in an economy showing some signs of slowing down. Boyle assured the council that the Planning Department will provide comprehensive information on inclusionary zoning within the TOD as well as guidance on what may be the best approach to creating more affordable housing and limiting gen- trification, or forcing people out of the area due to higher rents. The council learned prior to its April 10 meeting that the proposed requirement for 10 percent afford- able housing within the TOD dis- trict, without a corresponding incen- tive for developers, was illegal. The TOD zoning is designed to create a cohesive district promoting uses easily accessible within walk- ing distance from a planned train station off Pine Street and Barton Street, where construction is due to start this summer. It is intended to promote certain uses above others to maximize residential, commercial and leisure space. Council asked to approve bulk of train station zoning By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BOYLE MORAN Police say child's drowning an accident PAWTUCKET – Police say they found no criminal wrongdoing relat- ed to the incident of a child drown- ing in the pool at Hampton Inn on George Street last Friday, April 19. They say the drowning was acciden- tal in nature. The 4-year-old victim was placed on a ventilator at Hasbro Children's Hospital for continued treatment and was listed as being in critical condi- tion as of press time, said police. At around 8:30 p.m. last Friday, police and rescue personnel respond- ed to the downtown hotel for a pos- sible drowning of a 4-year-old child, who had been swimming with family and went missing. The child was found at the bottom of the hotel's pool and found to be unresponsive. 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