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The North Providence Breeze 01-02-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Despite having many activities to choose from during last Friday's Super Craft Blowout at the North Providence Union Free Library, PENELOPE IACONO, 8, of North Providence, chose to settle in a quiet corner to enjoy a storybook. See more photos on Page 6. A relaxing read NORTH PROVIDENCE – If 2020 is anything close to what 2019 was, with the town's ongoing strict adherence to good manage- ment practices, says Mayor Charles Lombardi, "then we're going to be just fine." Lombardi isn't content to bask in the successes of last year, say- ing he's in talks with a number of additional businesses about coming into North Providence and is busy planning to continue limiting tax increases going forward. "I would be disappointed if there needed to be a tax increase," he said, noting that while the town hasn't yet achieved his goal of mov- ing down and out of the top five for highest-taxed communities, steps being taken now will hopefully make that plan a reality soon. The mayor said he's expecting a "pretty good payday" on the former public safety complex property, cov- ering three acres right on Mineral Spring Avenue, and is in continu- ing talks with a growing number of entities seeking to purchase that prop- erty. The goal is not only to get the best financial value back, he said, but to find the right business to come in, one that is clean and has little impact on the sur- rounding area. Lombardi said he's also in talks with a number of other busi- nesses looking to come to North Providence following a year when numerous new businesses opened up shop here. Early in 2020, Providence Picture Frame is expect- ed to open in the former Andor's Furniture space on Mineral Spring Avenue. The town now has about $20,000 per month coming in for rent, says Lombardi, including $15,000 from the rental of the former Marieville Elementary School to a new school and $950 per month from the rental of a town-owned home behind Town Hall for office uses. In 2020, he said, the goal is to By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ROLL, Page 4 LOMBARDI NORTH PROVIDENCE – Under a proposed deal with National Grid, the town would buy a collection of 15 of the utility pro- vider's vacant lots in the Marieville area for a combined $200,000. The North Providence Breeze previ- ously reported that the town was targeting a Grid property in the Charles Street area to develop a new playground, but this proposal marks a significant expansion on that plan. Lombardi said he's met with District 2 Councilors Ken Amoriggi and Stefano Famiglietti and others this week to inform them of the plan and to have the proposal put on the docket for the next Town Council meeting. "It's substantial," he said of what the purchase would mean for the town. He added, "It's a no-brainer for the town to purchase these prop- erties." The town would utilize what it can of these lots for recreational purposes, said the mayor, and then Town plans to buy 15 National Grid lots for $200,000 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PROPERTIES, Page 11 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JANUARY 2-7, 2020 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. 1530 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI In the Luca Building • 401-353-3805 & Music Learning Center 1 FREE INTRODUCTORY LESSON New clients only. Restrictions apply. LESSONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS Officials: Town on a roll heading into 2020

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