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The North Providence Breeze 09-11-2019

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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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLEX 25 NORTH PROVIDENCE – For local police and town officials, the pending grand opening of the North Providence Public Safety Complex is especially satisfying given the recent history of the property it sits on. Police officers responsible for maintaining law and order in North Providence will work out of state- of-the-art facilities on the property once tabbed for a supermarket at the center of a scheme by three for- mer Town Council members who sought bribes from a developer. "I think about it all the time," says Chief of Police David Tikoian of the symbolism involved in replacing that negative history with an agency that's turned around its own reputa- tion for integrity. Added Mayor Charles Lombardi, "To me it gave us another opportu- nity, with the history of some of the happenings in our town, to turn a negative into a positive." After the corruption scandal, the site would later become a dumping ground for material taken off the Lowe's property during construc- tion there. Some 30,000 yards of debris and other materials had to be removed, after the town failed in its bid to sell it off, and three build- ings were torn down to make way for the safety complex, used by fire- fighters as training grounds prior to Location for complex is extra meaningful By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor their demolition. Lombardi credited former Chief Paul Martellini for all of his hard work in planning the safety com- plex. He and Martellini first toured the site of the current location for the complex, "dead center in the town and at its highest point," and saw it as a perfect location for both police and fire. Later, under Acting Chief Chris Pelagio, the decision to locate it here was made. "This is something the taxpay- ers will never, ever have to worry about addressing," he said. "They'll have the best public safety services that could ever be provided because of the geographical location." An aerial view of the new NORTH PROVIDENCE PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLEX from behind the U.S. flag at North Providence High School across the street.

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