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The North Providence Breeze 11-20-2019

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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2 NORTH PROVIDENCE NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Lombardi is offering few additional details on either potential purchase. The Town Council last week approved a 10-year lease agreement with the Center for Individualized Training & Education, or CITE, at the former Marieville Elementary School, 1135 Mineral Spring Ave. That deal will bring in $15,000 per month, or $1.8 million over the life of the agree- ment. That agreement, says Lombardi, will bring in substantial annual revenue to a town that is limited in getting new revenue from commercial growth due to overdevelopment. Lombardi said this week that he's received a couple of other calls on the old safety complex property on Mineral Spring Avenue in addition to the three solid offers for that property. The mayor has stated on multiple occasions that he expects to get $2 mil- lion or more for that property. The offers being fielded on the old safety complex space are financially competitive, said the mayor, so it will likely come down to what town offi- cials feel is the best use for the prop- erty, as well as other details of what developers are looking for in return. On a separate front for the Brayton School property, local historic pres- ervationists have offered the mayor a 12-page proposal on the reuse of the building in Centredale, though the details don't include ideas on funding. Planning Board member Rui Almeida and resident Matthew Bergeron, with hopefully more col- laborators, are proposing a center for the arts. It would include the yet-to- be-formed Academy of Visual Arts of North Providence, which would be geared especially toward children, youth and the elderly, artist incubator spaces, a computer museum in mem- ory of Adam Rosen, and other related functions. The proposal would combine the Brayton School and Old Town Hall building next to it into one property, owned by the town and leased by the coalition for $1 per year. The responsi- bility for maintenance, repairs, upkeep and utilities would be determined. Artist Paul Cote and others are interested in bringing awareness to this building and the Centredale down- town area through an event "as soon as possible." "We believe that our proposal will greatly contribute to the livelihood of our downtown, its sustainability and resiliency, especially our small busi- nesses, retain and create jobs, preserve our heritage and history, create eco- nomic development, use and expand on our cultural resources (arts and art- ists), support our artistic community, our children, youth and elderly, add to the beauty and meaning of our down- town and the quality of life and safety of our community," said the pair in their proposal. Asked his response to that proposal, Lombardi said he's "digesting it" and said his initial impression is that it's short on details for financing and who's going to do the work, among other questions. Asked about estimates pegging res- toration at between $600,000 and $1 million, Almeida told The Breeze there may be a simpler and more affordable way to get the building occupied by those who want to support the project. "I have never seen a written estimate and breakdown of any rehabilitation proposal," he said. On the question of cost and who would cover it, Almeida said, "All we are looking for at this time is the pos- sibility of using the building (codes being met) and bring what we are pro- posing to our downtown." Through the arts and culture, "a great and proven anchor for down- towns across our nation," Almeida and Bergeron said they would like to "work with the town to reutilize the beautiful and strategically located Brayton School building and the Old Town Hall." OFFERS From Page One North Providence FOPA offers Foxwoods Holiday Bus Trip Dec. 8 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence FOPA will hold its annual holiday bus trip to Foxwoods on Sunday, Dec. 8, with the bus leaving from the Stop & Shop parking lot located at 1128 Mineral Spring Ave., at 10:30 a.m. and returning around 6 p.m. The cost of the trip is $30 per per- son, which includes a free buffet or $10 off a meal at a casino restaurant of your choice and $15 in tokens. If you are interested in attending, contact one of the following people: William Sherlock at 401-226-4172, John Bonaventura at 401-353-3588, Joanne Marini at 401-382-6644, Linda Culbertson at 401-353-6497, or Violett Gaynor at 401-727-0887. Valley Breeze offices to close for Thanksgiving and different publication days HOLIDAY DEADLINES The Valley Breeze office in Lincoln will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2019 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The news and display advertising deadline will move forward to Friday, November 22nd at 3 p.m. The classified line advertising deadline will move to Friday, November 22nd at 5 p.m. PUBLICATION DAYS The Valley Breeze Pawtucket edition, and The North Providence Breeze edition will be delivered on Tuesday, November 26th (instead of Wednesday, November 27th). 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI At Home For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Call today to schedule your appointment & ask about our Interest Free Financing! 401-475-6116 Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Remember the Sound? Remember the Sound?

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