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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 08-07-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE AUGUST 7-13, 2019 MAGGIE SULLIVAN, 4, of North Attleboro, Mass., chases her Goldendoodle, GEORGE, as he runs through the Pawtucket dog park at the 7th annual Dogapalooza Family Festival in Slater Park last Saturday. The event featured vendors, live music, food trucks, a children's area, contests, raffles, face painting and more. See more photos on page 28. PAWTUCKET – Developer Michael Leshinsky and repre- sentatives from Nexus Property Development are seeking to create 27 residential units titled the Nexus Lofts at the former Feldman Furniture building at 49 North Union St. in the heart of the city's downtown. Leshinsky, who is also working on the potential purchase of nearby 217 Main St., reiterated this week that he and others are looking to bring new life to "a bunch of buildings in downtown Pawtucket" through mill conversions. The request from Leshinsky, Nicholas D'Agnillo and Nexus Holdings LLC for a 10-year tax sta- bilization agreement to help fund development of the apartment build- ing is introduced on the City Council agenda for Wednesday, Aug. 7. Also on that agenda is a proposal for a 180-unit market rate residential project off Freight Street from devel- oper Kenneth Zuckerman, which The Breeze reported on last week. The former Feldman Furniture building, built in 1898, has been mostly vacant for decades. It was Developers plan 27-unit lofts at Feldman building By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See LOFTS, Page 4 PAWTUCKET – With applications to open new vehicle repair shops pil- ing up, city officials are recommend- ing expanding the city's cap on such businesses. Pawtucket appears to be unique in Rhode Island when it comes to plac- ing a cap on licenses for the vehicle repair use, according to Jay Rosa, assistant director of planning for the city. The city currently has a maximum limit of 58 licenses for active vehicle repair shops, but there are 59 such shops in operation, generally evenly distributed throughout the city. Planners are recommending that with another six applications now pend- ing, and with other factors under consideration, that the city expand the cap from a maximum of 58 licenses to a maximum of 65 licenses to accommodate the pending applica- tions. They are also recommending that the City Council formally request that the Planning Department review potential additional zoning restric- tions for this use, said Rosa. "Stronger targeted land use restric- tions in combination with the council licensing process may obviate the need for (a) hard cap moving for- ward," he wrote in a July 31 letter up for discussion at the council's next City considers raising the cap on number of auto shops By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See AUTO SHOPS, Page 7 BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY PAWTUCKET – There's now little debate that the city is the unofficial craft capital of the state, says Anthony Hebert, the senior planner leading the effort to bring the inaugural Craft Crawl in September, and that success story should be celebrated. Pawtucket's most unique and recognizable draw is its four craft breweries and two distilleries, said Hebert, and the city is looking to "highlight it in any way we can." Craft Crawl will highlight Pawtucket's unique drink scene By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See CRAWL, Page 14 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Does your child like? Robotics • Google Chromebooks Up to date computer room with fiber optic technology Wireless technology throughout the school Strings and Instrumental Music Chorus • Drama • Smartboards • Sports SAINT CECILIA SCHOOL Celebrating over 100 years of Catholic education! Then St. Cecilia School is the only school for you! Accepting Registrations for 2019-2020 Pre-K - Grade 8 Where morals and values meet academic excellence Extended Care is available 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 755 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 401-723-9463 • • Call for a personal tour: Family Owned Since 1926 LIC. #RIMP882 Are you thinking about replacing your boiler? Before you sign on their dotted line, give us a call for a free estimate. We can beat or match any of our competitor's prices! • One Day Gas & Oil Burner Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed $100 Off New Ductless Mini Split System Installs Call NOW for all your Plumbing, Heating and Cooling needs.

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