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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-15-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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2 SMITHFIELD OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER SMITHFIELD – If it seems that the filling of new spaces at the redeveloped former Benny's on Putnam Pike has ground to a halt, it's because that's the reality, say the developers behind the project. Kelly Coates, representing Carpionato and answering ques- tions on another development in Pawtucket last week, revealed some regret at completing construction of new spaces in Smithfield before having leases signed and said the company is trying to avoid the same scenario in Pawtucket. Coates told the Pawtucket coun- cil that his thinking has always been that if you "build it, they will come," but that philosophy hasn't quite worked out at the former Benny's on Putnam Pike in Smithfield. He told the coun- cil that he's been "stung" a bit on the "stunning" Smithfield project, where there are still no spaces offi- cially leased and no agreements to announce. Carpionato had originally planned to announce some tenants more than a year ago, then pushed that back to February of this year. Coates confirmed to The Valley Breeze & Observer this week that the company has lost some pro- spective tenants for the Smithfield spaces. The COVID-19 pandemic is being felt across the Rhode Island- based company's projects, he said. Carpionato, like many companies, was forced to do layoffs. Carpionato typically tries to stick with the same tenants on multiple redevelopments of old Benny's stores, said Carpionato. Companies listed as joining on with recent developments include Dollar General, Ace Hardware, Harbor Freight and O'Reilly Auto Parts. "We pick guys and we run with them," Coates told the Pawtucket City Council of Carpionato's regular business partners. Coates told councilors that he expects infrastructure to be com- pleted for the front four parcels of the planned redevelopment of the Narragansett Park Plaza by Sept. 1, 2021, but not all four buildings along Newport Avenue. Trends are showing tenants dur- ing the pandemic leaving "ques- tionable" areas and flocking to quality developments, Coates told Pawtucket officials. Carpionato struggling to land new tenants at old Benny's By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor SMITHFIELD – Following in Gov. Gina Raimondo's footsteps, Smithfield has announced it is a Recovery Friendly workplace this week, offering employees and family members and the Smithfield com- munity in recovery the support in the journey back to health. Town Manager Randy Rossi said the program is about providing a recovery friendly workplace for employees in recovery, or who know someone who is in recovery. Between 2014 and 2019, 21 Smithfield residents died from drug overdose, which was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rossi said the goal is to promote prevention and recovery in a con- fidential, judgment-free workplace environment to reduce the stigma associated with substance abuse dis- orders. "It's about letting people know we're here and have the services to Smithfield a 'Recovery Friendly' workplace By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer East Smithfield Library offers craft bags SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will offer craft bag pickup days on Thursdays, Oct. 15 and 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. Craft bags are for children ages 3 and older. The craft bags will be left on the inside steps of the library. Visit www. or call 401-231-5150. Recipe Roundup set for Wednesday SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library will host Recipe Roundup on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m., via Zoom. Staff will review several cook- books and open the floor for attendees to share their favorite personal recipes. This month, the library will be discussing game day recipes. Share a recipe for your favorite tailgating snack or signature dish that is a hit at any gathering. To share your recipe at the meet- ing, email it to Cassie at green- in advance of the meeting. Register online on the event cal- endar at . See RECOVERY, Page 4 FOR ALL OF YOUR FLOORING NEEDS 25 Esten Ave., Pawtucket, RI • 401-726-3000 HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY 9-5

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