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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-30-2020

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4 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION LINCOLN – Plans for a new con- dominium development at the former Highridge Swim and Tennis Club are moving forward to a public hearing. Abutters will have the chance to raise any concerns with the plans being proposed by Link Commercial Properties, owned by Frank Paolino. The developer hopes to develop roughly six acres of the former recre- ation facility into 14 duplexes, each with an attached two-car garage. There would be a total of 28 age- restricted condominiums in total at the "Village at Albion." At last week's Planning Board meet- ing, chairman Ken Bostic asked the project team to look at the possibil- ity of adding curbing and sidewalks to the roadways in the 55-and-older development. Attorney Brian LaPlante said the developer has gone back into the plans to take a closer look at the curbing, but that changing the plans now "brings us back to square one." LaPlante said they would need to go back through the permit process with several state agencies includ- ing the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. The DEM permit was approved based on the original plans. "Now we're hearing for the first time that the layout of our roadway is a prob- lem," LaPlante said, effectively undo- ing master plan approvals. The application is currently slated for preliminary plan approval. Town Engineer Leslie Quish said they wouldn't need a full permit modification to install curbs. "We will take a look at it. As my co-council said, since before COVID- 19 my client has been committed to seeing this process through," said Attorney Joe Shekarchi, who noted that the development was "well designed" and would have no impact on the school system. For the first time, the town will accept a payment in lieu of the devel- oper offering affordable housing. The project is required to designate six units, or 20 percent of the total, as affordable according to Rhode Island Housing standards. That's approximately $18,000 per unit, the project team said, which will be paid out to the town if the project moves forward. The Town Council approved a zone charge for the development in October, and in December the proj- ect received a special use permit, lot width variance and lot coverage vari- ance from the Zoning Board. Neighbors will have an opportunity to speak during the project's public hearing scheduled for August 26. This month's Planning Board agenda also included a review of a proposed subdivision on Boulevard Avenue, on the banks of Scott Pond. Town Planner Al Ranaldi said the developer, Joshua George, is still "working out the details" of the appli- cation and has given the town "pretty much an unlimited extension until they get their permits and survey done." After neighbors shared concerns about the developer's initial survey and began taking their own measure- ments of the property, the applicant agreed to pause the project to re- survey the land and apply for DEM permits. With many DEM employees fur- loughed, Ranaldi said the process was moving slower than expected. The project has been tentatively moved to next month's agenda for preliminary plan discussion/approval. Public hearing slated for condos at former Highridge Club By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer Knights of Columbus holds blood drive Aug. 3 LINCOLN – The Lincoln Council Knights of Columbus will hold a blood drive in the Bloodmobile, 171 Jenckes Hill Road, on Monday, Aug. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations are by appointment but walk-ins may be accepted if safe spacing permits at time of arrival. As part of Give a Pint, Get a Pint, all presenting donors 21 and over will receive a coupon for one free pint of beer at participating locations including The Guild, 461 Main St., Pawtucket; Whalers, 1174 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown; Newport Craft Brewing Co., 293 JT Connell Highway, Newport; LineSider, 148 S County Trail, East Greenwich; and Proclamation Ale Company, 298 Kilvert St., Warwick. All presenting donors will also be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Eat, hydrate and bring ID with you. To register, visit drives to book Sponsor Code 3225. Franklin Farm hosting Squash Hunger Challenge CUMBERLAND – The Historic Metcalf-Franklin Farm Association has committed to matching dollar- for-dollar contributions up to $10,000, with all proceeds benefit- ing the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. "We're challenging our families, friends and community to help us squash hunger," say volunteers. The farm has donated harvested produce to the R.I. Community Food Bank for 14 years, and this year, volunteers expect food inse- curity to be greater than ever. Visit for more. ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Managing Editor Ethan Shorey at or call 401-334-9555, ext. 130. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING – Call your sales representative, or Director of Sales Jack Birolini at 401-334- 9555, ext. 141 or email: CLASSIFIEDS – Place ads at, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. NEWS BRIEFS AND CALENDAR EVENTS Let others know about events sponsored by your non-profit organization, church or school. • Deadline: Entertainment news is Friday at noon. All other news is Monday 3 p.m. • Submit: We prefer receiving news via e-mail. 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Use keywords to find old stories. Single stories cost $2.95 through our Newsbank partners. Multi-story packages, which provide lower costs per story, are also available. SUBSCRIPTIONS – The Valley Breeze may be delivered anywhere in the United States, in an envelope, by First Class mail only. The cost is $189 per year, or $4 per week. Phone 401-334-9555 for details. COPYRIGHTS – or its content may not be linked to any other Web site without the written permission of the publisher. News aggregators that solicit advertising may not link Juvenile Hearing Board Vacancies LINCOLN - Lincoln residents, who have a background in related fields such as education, human services, community youth services, and law enforcement, are needed to fill upcoming vacancies on the Town's Juvenile Hearing Board. The purpose of the Board is to hear cases referred by the Police Department and recommend sanctions other than incarceration for offenders. The Board meets monthly and its members receive no compensation. If interested, send cover letter and resume, no later than August 14, 2020, to the Personnel Office, 100 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI 02865. Please call (401) 333-8434 with any questions. Joanne McManus, Director of Personnel, Town of Lincoln Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the CUMBERLAND ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW On August 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM. To protect the health and well-being of our citizens, and in accordance with Governor's Raimondo's Executive Orders 20-25 (relaxing the Open Meetings Act requirements) and 20-13 (restricting gatherings to five (5) people or less), this meeting will be avail- able to the public by video or telephone conference. All members of the Zoning Board of Review will be participating remotely Members of the public can listen and/or participate in the meeting, as required, by either: Please click the link below to join the webinar: Webinar ID: 833 8726 4973 Password: 002063 Or iPhone one-tap: US: +16468769923 +13017158592 Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 Webinar ID: 833 8726 4973 Password: 002063 International numbers available: Emailing comments to Include your name, address, and statement. Only comments including all required information will be read into the record. Continued Matter: 20-04. Ross Silva, of 9 Sneech Pond Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 has petitioned this board for a Dimensional Variance and Special Use Permit for Maximum Lot Coverage, minimum lot size, front yard and rear yard setbacks and a Day Care Center. Article 18-2, Section (a), Article 18-3 (b) and Article 4-2. Described as Assessor's Plat 037, Lot(s) 0816, and Designated Zone R-1. Located at 3191 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864. New Matter: 20-05. Bryan and Tara Cormier, of 69 Albion Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 has petitioned this board for a Dimensional Variance to place a detached garage in the front yard. Article 18-2, Section (a). Described as Assessor's Plat 033, Lot(s) 0452, and Designated Zone R-1. Located at 69 Albion Road, Cumberland, RI 02864. PER ORDER John P. McCoy - Chairman

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