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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-09-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 9-15, 2020 WOONSOCKET 13 promising," she said. Though she declined to name the potential buyer, the planned use, she said, would be similar to properties the person has developed in other locations. The buyer, she said, "under- stands the significant investment that needs to be made in the property" and has an aggressive timeline that would include closing on the building within the next few months. "This is definitely a first quarter 2020 (project)," she said. The potential buyer might be seri- ous about a purchase, but he's not the only one looking at the property. Since putting the building on the market last month, the church has given tours to potential buyers "almost daily," said Rev. Jeffrey Thomas. Realtor Garrett Mancieri said he recently toured the property with a client interested in purchasing it for a residential develop- ment. Another city resident, Meagan Gifford, recently started a GoFundMe page to turn the building into a shelter and community center, though as of Monday, that effort had yet to receive any donations. Thomas said the church has been in discussion with several potential buy- ers. "Our talks have gotten serious with a couple of buyers," he said last Thursday, Jan. 2. Councilors last week expressed their tentative support for a tax stabilization agreement on the property, though they said they'd want more details on the project before signing any paperwork. Council President Daniel Gendron indicated he has no inten- tion of seeing the building turn into another housing complex. "I'm glad to hear you say it's not leaning toward residential, because I'd be more inclined to support something that's another use," he said. There was also discussion about amending the city's zoning code to accommodate development at the property, since the building is not cur- rently included in the city's Downtown Overlay District. Though the building will likely require significant renovations, its 17,500 square feet offer a promising canvas to buyers interested in his- torical preservation. Built in 1912, the building was one of 18 state armories located across Rhode Island. In 1997, the state sold the building to St. James Baptist , which had plans to turn it into a community center. At the time, said Thomas, church leaders envisioned the building as a "one-stop shop" where residents could receive differ- ent services and were in talks with the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation about funding. Fast-forward 20 years, and those plans haven't panned out. The funding didn't materialize, and with the prop- erty in danger of becoming a strain on the church, Thomas said they made the decision last year to sell. "It's all about money. So, reluctantly, we had to make a decision," he said. According to Baldelli-Hunt, the buyer currently in discussions with the city about development incentives first expressed interest in the property two years ago and was quick to reach out when the for-sale sign went up last month. The property, she said, has also benefited from recent devel- opment in the area, including a new Dunkin' Donuts on South Main Street and a recently opened restaurant at Market Square. "There's been new development on South Main Street, movement at Market Square, and the building itself is just stunning," she said. BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM The ARMORY BUILDING at 316 South Main St. has had several interested buyers since it was put on the market last month, including a potential event space and residential development. The building was constructed in 1912. ARMORY From Page One Here's what Ocean State Senior Cafe is serving at its meal sites the week of Jan. 13-17. Monday – Cream of broccoli soup, Thanksgiving sandwich, fruit; or meatball grinder Tuesday – Mushroom barley soup, spaghetti and meatballs, cap- rese salad, whole wheat roll, cake; or chef salad Wednesday – Fruit salad, fish stew, tomato salad, whole grain cornbread, brownie; or pastrami Rueben on rye Thursday – Navy bean soup, pub burger on whole wheat roll, Brussels sprouts, pasta salad, gelatin; or sausage and pepper sandwich Friday – Kale and bean soup, breaded chicken thigh with gravy, mixed vegetables, wild rice, fruit cup; or cobb salad Donation costs $3. Meal sites in Woonsocket are located at the Woonsocket Senior Center, Crepeau Court, Kennedy Manor, and Parkview Manor. SENIOR LUNCH MENU BankRI's collects 263 gifts for local children WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket branch of BankRI pro- vided 263 gifts to Connecting for Children and Families for distribu- tion to area children in need with its Holiday Giving Tree program. 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