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The North Providence Breeze 11-20-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 5 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Anthony Manzo and his Jeff Anthony Properties now have the initial approv- als needed for a new commercial development on a 58,000-square-foot parcel at 1998 Mineral Spring Ave., a project set to replace homes there. The Planning Board last week approved the conceptual master plan for the project and voted to advise the Town Council that changing the zoning from residential to commercial village would be consistent with the town's comprehensive plan. At a Nov. 13 meeting, Manzo provided the board with copies of a revised development plan for the property. Chairman Peter Iacobucci then called a recess for members to review the plan, which they did for several minutes before asking Manzo to sum- marize the changes. "We're going to make everybody happy tonight," responded Manzo. He mentioned a change to a 30-foot "no disturb zone" in the back of the property, changes to the building, including staggered facades and a changed roof line, new landscaping, a pledge to limit the uses, and a switch from a request from residential to commercial village instead of commer- cial general zoning. Manzo's latest project is in the middle of a zone along Mineral Spring Avenue that town officials are debat- ing how to best protect going forward. As more properties are gobbled up in the congested commercial sections of the state road, this mixed zone is now transitioning to more commercial uses. Officials pushed for a better project after Manzo's initial proposal here, saying they want the complex to bet- ter fit into the area. Changing the building from eight units to seven gave the developers more breathing room going around the building, said Manzo, including 30 feet on the right side and 39 feet on the left side. A dumpster was moved to the Central Avenue side of the property so it's away from the front of a home on South Pleasant Avenue. Manzo promised a better mix of shrubs and trees, similar to the former public safety complex nearby, as well as a sidewalk on Central Avenue for pedestrians. Islands with plantings are now twice the size as originally proposed, and the plan abides by all codes required by the town, said Manzo, who has many developments around North Providence. While code only requires about 3,000 square feet of plantings, there are 12,000 square feet of plantings planned here, surrounding plenty of parking. The developer said he's been work- ing on an agreement to rent half the No controversy as commercial project approved on MSA By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See DEVELOPMENT, Page 6 Dr. Paul Dionisopoulos Addiction Medicine Physician offering Suboxone Treatment & Urgent Medical Needs We Treat Colds, Flu, Sprains, Strains and Work Injuries Woonsocket 25 John A. Cummings Way 401-235-7310 North Providence 1637 Mineral Spring Ave. 401-353-1012 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Ocean State HealtHcare

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