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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 08-07-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | AUGUST 7-13, 2019 PAWTUCKET / LETTERS 7 meeting tonight, Aug. 7. The majority of six pending vehicle repair license requests would put shops in commercial general or industrial districts that permit such a use, according to Rosa. Current oversight requires licensing hearings with the council and that various standards be met to lessen the impact on surrounding properties. The coun- cil also recently approved zoning amendments that prohibit the repair use within the commercial downtown and Conant Thread zoning districts. At the council's request and in response to the significant pending application list, planners evaluated how vehicle repair businesses are monitored in other Rhode Island communities and how existing busi- nesses are distributed throughout the city, said Rosa. Most communities require licenses for vehicle repair, he said, but Pawtucket appears to be the only one with a cap for this use. Most repair shops are along major commercial corridors, including Broadway, Newport Avenue, Weeden Street, Mineral Spring Avenue and George Bennett Highway. In addition to the 59 repair shops, there are an additional 41 auto sale businesses in the city currently pro- viding repair services. The City Council has approved incremental increases to the cap in response to business demand since the limit was first instituted in 1994. The most recent increase to 58 shops maximum was put in place in 2009. Director of Administration Dylan Zelazo said the dense nature of Pawtucket's neighborhoods has always been a key factor in the think- ing behind having a cap, as residen- tial neighborhoods often directly abut commercial zones. There is obviously huge demand for repair services, he said, particularly with so many city entrance points on the highway. The city's zoning ordinance on repair shops requires a number of standards for a special use permit, including: • Minimum lot sizes for different zones; • That repair work happens within an enclosed structure of at least 3,000 square feet; • That buildings be set back at least 25 feet from the street and 20 feet from a property line; • And that fencing be put up to block the view from surrounding properties, among others. AUTO SHOPS From Page One Papazian: Thank you for 'Free Summer Shakespeare' I wanted to thank The Valley Breeze for drawing my attention to the Burbage Theater Co.'s "Free Summer Shakespeare" event in Pawtucket. Although not a huge fan of Shakespeare (sorry William!), my reasons for attending were twofold: First, my son recently took two col- lege level Shakespeare courses and attended three related plays in the Washington, D.C., area (so I thought he would enjoy a production locally) and second, I wanted to broaden my horizons, opening my mind to Shakespeare. We thoroughly enjoyed it! We saw "Julius Caesar" on a lovely Friday evening, on the banks of the Blackstone River, at the Pawtucket Veterans Memorial Amphitheater. The actors and actresses were so talented, delivering their lines so pro- fessionally and with such expression – they truly were impressive! The play is free and runs until Aug. 11 at various locations in Pawtucket and East Providence. Thank you to Jeff Church (artistic director) and his company for a most memorable evening! KARA PAPAZIAN Lincoln LETTER Library closed for holiday PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library will be closed on Monday, Aug. 12, in observance of Victory Day. The library's Passport Acceptance Office will also be closed for the day. Patrons may check their accounts, reserve books, download e-books, see historical photographs, and search several full-text databases at www. pawtucketlibrary.org . Teen Anime Club meets Thursday PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library's Teen Anime Club will meet at the library, 13 Summer St., on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join other fans of Japanese ani- mation to hang out, get to know some new anime, some older anime, and enjoy pizza provided by the library. This month's anime will feature outer space-themed anime shows. The program is free and no regis- tration is required. For more infor- mation, call 401-725-3714, ext. 221, or email sbloom@pawtucketlibrary. org . IN BRIEF Place your classified ad online at classifieds.valleybreeze.com

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