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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 10-23-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 23-29, 2019 PAWTUCKET – The Peyser Real Estate Group, a New Jersey-based real estate company, is proposing a seven-story mixed residential and commercial project at 71 Dexter St., between the Dennis Lynch Arena, the Centennial Towers highrise, and Walgreens, and just around the corner from a future new commuter rail station and The Guild brewery. A master plan that was up for discussion by the City Planning Commission Tuesday evening, Oct. 22, proposes demolition of an exist- ing cold storage warehouse and construction of a new mixed-use commercial and residential structure including structured parking. "The city of Pawtucket is excited that developers see Pawtucket's potential," said Mayor Donald Grebien prior to Tuesday's meeting. "We welcome the Peyser Group to develop this important gateway to the future commuter rail sta- tion area, referred to as the Conant Thread District." The project is located on the site of Cala Fruit Distributors, within sight of ongoing redevelopment projects in The Times building and Beswick building on Exchange Street, at the gateway to Pawtucket from Central Falls. The Conant Thread District is a special zoning district around the coming train station, where work has begun, and lays out the ground rules for redevelopment. The Seven-story mixed project proposed for Dexter Street By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY ARLENE NICHOLSON, of Putnam, Conn., offered Tarot Card readings at Mill City Haunts at Slater Mill's 1758 Sylvanus Brown House last Saturday. The event, a fes- tival of lights and activities running nightly through Halloween on Oct. 31, features nightly haunted illuminations behind and near City Hall and the mill. Visit millcity- for more. See more photos on page 16. City turns spooky through Halloween See PROJECT, Page 12 PAWTUCKET – School and city officials have reached a tentative deal to acquire the former St. Leo the Great Church, as well as its neigh- boring rectory, on Central Avenue. The rectory wasn't previously part of plans, but an "opportunity presented itself," said Councilor Mark Wildenhain, who served on the negotiation team, and officials jumped at it. "We're just taking advantage of the opportunity at this point," he said. The total purchase price for the two buildings, according to sources familiar with the deal, is $800,000. The pending purchase would give the schools three buildings in a row on Central Avenue, facilities that will be used in the near future as flex space to accommodate students dur- ing renovation projects, and in the long-term for other various potential uses, including a possible arts cam- pus. More than three-quarters of the purchase price is expected to come back to the district in the form of reimbursement from the state. In 2015, the School Department purchased and renovated the former St. Leo School nearby as overflow/ flex space, turning it into what's now known as the Pawtucket Annex. Under the deal with the city, the Providence Diocese would vacate the church and rectory buildings next to it no later than the end of next June. The purchase is subject to an independent appraisal and sepa- rate approval by the Rhode Island Department of Education. School Committee member Roberto Moreno, the school board's representative on the negotiating Officials reach deal to buy old St. Leo's Church and rectory By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See ST. LEO'S, 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. OIL DELIVERY PROPANE DELIVERY INSTALLATION & SERVICE HEATING & HOT WATER AIR CONDITIONING GENERATORS A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE DATING BACK 121 YEARS! 401 Walcott St., Pawtucket, RI Dupuis Oil Est. 1898 Isabel , s & Gift Boutique s Celebrating 26 Years in Business! 565 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02861 Email: 401-727-2866 Tues.-Fri. 12-5 Sat. 12-4 Independently owned and operated Falamos Portugues & Hablamos Espanol 20% Off Any one item, plus a free gi with this ad. Expires 11/30/2019.

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