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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-27-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 LINCOLN 7 LINCOLN – A mill conversion project at the historic Sayles Mill bleachery complex is moving full- steam ahead. Massachusetts-based developer Dakota Partners, which is trans- forming the vacant mill space at 90 Industrial Circle into 45 affordable apartments, received preliminary Planning Board approval last week for an additional 22 units in an attached building at 60 Industrial Circle. In total, the project will bring 67 new apartments to the complex, which will all be affordable under Rhode Island Housing standards. Both buildings prior to the start of construction were vacant and falling into disrepair, with trash and mattresses discarded around the property. By next fall, the brick mill buildings will be bustling with new life. The buildings up for conversion into apartments by Dakota Partners are part of a sprawling campus of buildings that once former the Sayles Bleacheries, opened by William Sayles in the 19th century. They have served a variety of pur- poses over the years, with many left vacant and underused since the bleachery closed in the 1960s. Once complete, the apartments will be called Lincoln Lofts. Katie Cardillo, a representative for Dakota Partners, said the com- pany expects to finish phase one of construction on 90 Industrial Circle next summer. Phase two of construction on 90 Industrial Circle, pending final plan approval next month, is expected to begin next fall. Cardillo said the developments "will share some common outdoor spaces." Ahead of the Nov. 20 Planning Board meeting, the Technical Review Committee met to review the project on Nov. 14 and recom- mended approval. During the review, Town Planner Al Ranaldi said the project was originally approved under the 2001 subdivision regulations and was pre- sented by a different developer. The original plans called for the rede- velopment of the 41,480-square-foot mill building at 90 Industrial Circle into 40 units, with 10 percent desig- nated as affordable. A use variance to allow up to 48 residential units was granted by the Zoning Board in 2006. That plan was approved in 2007 at the master plan level and at the preliminary plan level in 2014. This approval held until June 30, 2018. The development plans now include 90 onsite parking spots, located within the "environmentally sensitive area" at the northwest of the property. The parking area will be accessed by Industrial Circle and will include the installation of side- walks and granite curbing. The approved project modifi- cation was to add 10 additional parking spaces within that sensitive area. The developer has met with RIDEM to begin the review and permitting process. An area at the southwestern cor- ner of the property will be trans- formed into a patio area, surround- ed by a fence. Walker Street and a portion of Smithfield Avenue would be fenced off with an opaque screening or with evergreen trees as a buffer. The applicant will re-engineer the site and proposed underground detention infiltration system and re- submit plans to RIDEM. Ranaldi said the Lincoln Water Commission cautioned that the water service and fire lines to the building are very old. As of the Preliminary Plan Approval in 2104, public water was available to the building and the original applicant committed to "work closely with LWC to design and install an upgraded water ser- vice that will meet the future needs of the building." Dakota Partners has reached out to the LWC to work on securing a letter of water availability as well and to determine the future water service upgrades. A letter of public water availability will be required. The company's vice president of development, Mark Pilotte, recently contacted Public Works Director Michael Gagnon to report that the town's existing stormwater drainage line and manholes located within the property near the project are filled with sand and debris and will not support the project. "This portion of the drainage sys- tem needs to be replaced immedi- ately so not to hold up our project," Pilotte said. Gagnon said the town acknowl- edges ownership of the culvert. "I have inspected this culvert with the town engineer and we both agree that the culvert is in dire need of repair/replacement," he respond- ed. "The town further understands your company's desire to have such repair done prior to your project completion so as to preserve the integrity of your finished site." The town has no funding for the repair this year, as such projects "need to be budgeted and put out to bid, a sometimes lengthy process," Gagnon said. As time is of the essence, he asked that Dakota proceed with the repair and file a claim with the town's clerk's office. The town will provide all necessary materials. Additional apartments coming to Sayles Mill complex By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer NRI Chamber Holiday Open House Dec. 5 LINCOLN – The annual Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Open House will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Twin River Casino Events Center, 100 Twin River Road. Network with friends and col- leagues at this event. Sponsored by the Chamber's Board of Directors and Twin River Casino, the night includes networking, food stations and signature drinks along with a silent auction. A portion of the registration fee will be donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. To register visit https://tinyurl. com/uwe56vw . Christian Zen Meditation at Lime Rock Baptist LINCOLN – Lime Rock Baptist Church, 1075 Great Road, will have two Christian Zen meditation pro- grams in December, on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. On Dec. 3, the Rev. Kevin Hunt, a Trappist monk and Zen master will present the evening's teaching: "Christian Spirituality on the Zen Path." Hunt is a priest and a mem- ber of a Catholic Contemplative religious order. As someone who is also a Zen master, he is well equipped to integrate elements of Buddhist and Christian spiritual tra- ditions. The Dec. 17 teaching will be pre- sented by Rev. Eugene Dyszlewski, a Dzogchen practitioner. He will instruct and lead the group in "ton- glen," a compassion meditation. New members are welcome and Rev. Dyszlewski will provide an orientation to contemplation for people unfamiliar with the practice. The session will include a sitting meditation, zazen; a walking medi- tation, kinhin; and a dharma teach- ing. There is no cost associated with this program. For more information about the program, visit or contact Dyszlewski at or 401-345-7291. Lonsdale Elementary LPT's 21st annual craft fair still has spaces for vendors LINCOLN – There are still some spaces available for crafters and vendors for the Lonsdale Elementary Lonsdale Parents and Teachers' 21st annual Craft/ Vendor Fair that will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Lonsdale Elementary School, 270 River Road. If interested, email . IN BRIEF IN BRIEF Glow Oil heat your home for less 401-475-9955 Check Our Website for Today's Low Heating Oil Price DISABILITY IS OF SINGULAR IMPORTANCE According to recent research by the Council for Disability Awareness, one-quarter of working women will experience a serious work disability at some point in their career. However, more than half of single female workers between the ages of 20 and 65 do not have disability insurance. Even among those who do have disability insurance, little more than half say that they have a sufficient amount. Without this critical form of insurance, women who are the sole earners of their households are likely to experience greater financial hardship than those in two-income households if they become unable to work due to illness, injury, or pregnancy. Cancer, mental health issues, and back problems are the major causes of long-term disability. There are two main types of disability insurance – short-term and long-term coverage. Both replace a portion of your monthly base salary up to a cap, such as $10,000, during disability. Some long-term policies pay for additional services, such as training to return to the workforce. For information, please call HUNTER INSURANCE, INC. at 769-9500, or see us at 389 Old River Rd., Lincoln. We emphasize life insurance an annuities, disability and long term care insurance, as well as retirement and college savings plans. We are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year! NOTE: Pregnancy is the most common cause of short-term disability.

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