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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 01-30-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY CHELSEA ACHEAMPONG, of Pawtucket, right, buys baked goods from SAVANNAH MELO at Colonial Bakery on Broad Street in Cumberland last Friday. With Acheampong is TOLU ADELANI, also of Pawtucket. Broad Street business owners fear that the lengthy reconstruction of the roadway, running through Cumberland, Central Falls and Pawtucket, will hurt business. CUMBERLAND – Business own- ers along Broad Street are preparing for the worst when it comes to the reconstruction of their corridor, some saying they expect to absorb a signifi- cant hit to the bottom line. But several business owners said last week's first of three meetings with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation on the project com- forted them at least somewhat as they prepare for many months of disrup- tion. They were grateful for assur- ances from RIDOT representatives that they'll do everything possible to maintain some normalcy, but leery about whether that will be their real- ity. While business owners said they're happy to see this roadway get the attention it needs, it will take some serious patience on the part of every- one involved here to get through this. The $16.5 million project includes paving, drainage, sidewalk and Road work concerns Broad Street business owners By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See BROAD STREET, Page 10 LINCOLN – A bird-sized drone hovered among gray clouds in Lonsdale Tuesday, keeping watch as construction crews began to demolish a series of mill build- ings once owned by the Lonsdale Company. Constructed between 1830 and the early 1900s, construction of the mill complex marked one of the first major textile manufactur- ers in the Blackstone Valley. A six-alarm fire on Halloween night in 2013 destroyed parts of the historic mill complex on Carrington Street. The cause of the fire was deemed arson, and police never identified a suspect. The center of the main building collapsed and was gutted after the fire, leaving a crumbling crater between the north and south ends of the 150,000-square-foot struc- ture. It is owned by Procaccianti Group. Pat Ryan, the owner of the Ryco fabric store next door to the fire- damaged building, said she has eagerly awaited the day crews would take action to remove the eyesore building beside hers. She said she hopes the demoli- tion sparks future development in the area. On Tuesday morning, Ryan closed her store for the day for the safety of her customers. Lonsdale Mill demolished this week By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See LONSDALE, Page 6 CUMBERLAND – The hits keep coming for a town looking to upgrade its schools. School officials on Tuesday signed off on a plan to cut way back on work at the high school and middle schools after costs for the work at all schools exceeded estimates by $25 million. Derek Osterman, of Colliers International project management, told the School Committee last week that the full scope of con- struction work came in just around $83 million, or the total amount approved by voters in 2018. But, said Osterman, hard con- struction costs are only supposed to total about 70 percent of that $83 million budget, as soft costs such as vendors and furniture, as well as a contingency account, are supposed to make up the remaining 30 per- cent. That leaves Cumberland with about $58 million to spend in hard costs, or a shortfall of just under $25 million based on project esti- mates. Cuts required as school work comes in well over budget By ETHAN SHOREY and NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writers See BUDGET, Page 11 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 5, 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. Johnston, RI 1764 Mendon Road (McDonald's Plaza) Cumberland RI 02864 401-334-7317 R.I. Reg. # 41460 Northern RI Board of REALTORS Diamond Award Winners 2011-2018 Lou & Kim Barrows Lou(c): 401-640-3520 Realtor ® licensed in RI, MA, & CT, ABR ® , SRS ® 14 Breakneck Hill Road, Suite 101, Lincoln, RI 02865 Thank you for making us the #1 Keller Williams Team in Cumberland for 2019! We are so proud to live and work in this community! We look forward to a successful 2020! If you've seen our Market Reports, you know the Spring Market is trending early this year!! Don't wait to Buy or Sell, the best time to buy is now! Contact us today! CHEERS FOR BEERS! Our look at Northern Rhode Island's thriving craft beer scene INSIDE

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