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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-24-2020

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4 PAWTUCKET JUNE 24-30, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION 4 PAWTUCKET – City officials are saying that another few weeks could shed light on how the Apex proper- ties might be incorporated into the $400 million Tidewater Landing project on the riverfront. An attorney for Apex told the City Planning Commission at its June 11 meeting that the redevelopment of the company's cluster of under- performing properties on the city's riverfront, as proposed in an original master plan, has been impacted by ongoing discussions on how they may or may not be incorporated into a larger riverfront project. That impact, said Joshua Glass, was the primary reason for a request for an extension on a master plan for the property, which the commission ended up approving in a 3-2 vote. Officials confirmed that confiden- tial discussions continue on the 100 Main St. property, which so far has been excluded from most public announcements about a $400 million riverfront project headlined by a new soccer stadium and other ameni- ties from Fortuitous Partners on two other properties, but has been sug- gested as a possible landing spot for city-based toymaker Hasbro to be part of that larger project. The owners of the mostly blighted Apex properties sought and were approved for an extension on the previous master plan calling for a mix of office and commercial use for one additional year, to expire July 1, 2021. Assistant Director of Planning & Redevelopment Jay Rosa said state law maintains a two-year approval period for master plan proposals. Applicants have the right to request two more one-year extension peri- ods, provided that the requests are reviewed and approved by the com- mission. The four-year period in total is described as the applicant's "vested right." Rosa confirmed that Apex received the first such extension in June of 2019 and this month was before the commission requesting the second extension. Based on the language of the state statute on this matter, Rosa stated he had no objection to this request for extension. Commerce Director Jeanne Boyle submitted a memo for the record requesting that the commission con- sider tabling the extension request for a month to be reconsidered in July. The additional time would allow for ongoing coordination between the city and Apex on future redevelopment of the properties as they may be related to wider devel- opment along the riverfront in the area, she said. Glass suggested that the extension request would not adversely impact ongoing confidential conversations between Apex and the city on future redevelopment potential. Member Monique Renaud ques- tioned if elements of the master plan approval on record are to be modified, and if this potential for modification was the reason- ing for the suggestion to table the request for extension. Boyle said that modifications may occur, but more specifically the additional month of coordination would allow for more public information regarding the proposed Tidewater Landing project from Fortuitous, particularly as it may be related to the Apex properties in question. She said the additional information may provide commission members with important context in their consideration of this request for master plan extension. Glass confirmed that negotiation between Apex and the city regarding redevelopment of the properties is ongoing. However, he stated that the properties in question are privately owned and it is the owner's right to request the extension. Chairman Steven Pedro suggested that he does not see how a deferral of action on the request may affect ongoing discussions regarding future use and design. Should a revised plan arise, it can be presented to the commission even if the request for extension was granted. Pedro questioned if the tabling of this matter would adversely impact the applicant's vested rights if a decision on the extension was not reached prior to July 1. Boyle stated that she conferred with the city solic- itor and he did not anticipate that tabling the request would prevent the applicant from seeking approval of the extension at a later date, provid- ed that a written decision confirming the extension or continuation of the request is recorded. Member Stephanie Olarte suggest- ed that the timing is concerning if a decision is not reached prior to July 1, or the anticipated expiration of the prior one-year extension. Member Ted Martins suggested that the applicant has not demon- strated sufficient progress toward redevelopment of the sites based on the master plan proposal originally submitted, approved, and still on record. Renaud made a motion to postpone the request for one month, but the motion was not seconded. Member Karen Kolodziej made a motion to approve the request for a one-year extension of master plan approval to expire on July 1, 2021. Olarte seconded the motion, and it was approved 3-2. News on Apex future could be weeks away By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Pawtucket will distribute 13,000 free masks PAWTUCKET – The city and its police department have announced the planned distribution of 13,000 free blue medical masks to local resi- dents and businesses this Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot across from City Hall in anticipation of warmer weather and Fourth of July festivities. "We need everyone to continue practicing social distancing, but understand that residents have places to go. Wearing a mask or face cover- ing is the next best way to minimizes the spread of the coronavirus," said Mayor Donald Grebien. Police will also begin distributing masks to those not wearing them. "We must all continue to do our part in raising awareness that this virus is still here," said Chief Tina Goncalves. Residents looking for access to free coronavirus tests, educational support on how to safely isolate, and resourc- es to overcome hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic are urged to call 855-843-7620. District 62, Senate 8 committees doing endorsements PAWTUCKET – The Rhode Island House of Representatives District 62 Democratic Party Committee will meet today, Wednesday, June 24, after the close of the declaration of candidacy period to endorse candidates for the seat in the primary. Anyone interested in the endorsements should contact Chairman Kevin Crawley at kfclaw1@gmail.com or 401-692-1949. The State Senate District 8 Democratic Party Committee will also meet Wednesday after declara- tions to endorse candidates in the primary. Anyone interested in the endorsements should also contact Crawley. Bryanna Clement, of Pawtucket, has been named to the fall semester dean's list at Quinnipiac University. James Brown, of Pawtucket, has earned a master of science degree in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Lee Siassi, of Pawtucket, has been named to the fall semester dean's list at Champlain College. Carlin Fournier, of Pawtucket, has been named to the fall semester dean's list at Fairfield University. Huong Nguyen, of Pawtucket, earned the Dr. Colquitt L. "Buck" Chandler Jr. Memorial Scholarship from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Pawtucket resident Jacob Wallack, a Northeastern University student, was named to the universi- ty's dean's list for the spring semester. Harrison Joseph Sparr, of Pawtucket, was named to the University of Mississippi's spring semester dean's list. COLLEGE NEWS Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. 55 Broad Street, Pawtucket, RI 401-723-3400 Helping you See Since 1933! 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