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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-18-2020

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PAWTUCKET – Plans for a new 7-Eleven at 1253 Newport Ave., across from St. Cecilia Church, were up for consideration by the City Planning Commission this week. The master plan conceptual plan for the project at the intersection of Newport and Central Avenues was to be reviewed in a public Zoom forum by the City Planning Commission, with some neighbors telling The Breeze in advance that they planned to speak again in opposition to the project due to how it has changed from earlier plans for a multi-tenant plaza. Back in 2018, two years after John Martins Realty LLC purchased the former rectory and convent proper- ty from the Diocese of Providence, representatives presented a plan for the new commercial property with multiple tenants as part of a request for a zone change. The plan at that time drew some opposition from neighbors, particularly along Calder Street, which runs behind the prop- erty and parallel with Newport Avenue. In July of this year, The Breeze reported the new plan for the prop- erty as a proposed 7-Eleven. Assistant Director of Planning Jay Rosa said the applicant conducted a Zoom meeting with neighbors and council representatives last Thursday, Nov. 12. Conceptual master plan review was on the City Planning Commission agenda for Tuesday, Nov. 17. The Zoning Board will review the project on Nov. 30, said Rosa, because the project as currently proposed requires a special use per- mit for an accessory fueling facility and a dimensional variance for the number of surface parking spaces proposed. The state must also review the project for site stormwater man- agement (RIDEM) and Newport Avenue/Central Avenue curb cut alterations, he said. A preliminary plan review, with consideration of final architectural and engineering plans presented, will be determined at a date to be determined. 6 PAWTUCKET NOVEMBER 18-24, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION 6 The site plan for a PROPOSED 7-ELEVEN on Newport Avenue in Pawtucket. City hears plan for new 7-Eleven on Newport Avenue By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Police charge another man in killing On Nov. 9, members of the Pawtucket Police Detective Division arrested and charged Julio Cesar Debarros, 36, of Central Falls, as a co-conspirator in the homicide of Julius Bell that occurred on Oct. 25. Debarros is the uncle of Artur Debarros, who was also wanted for the murder of Bell before he appar- ently shot himself. On Nov. 10, Debarros was pre- sented to Sixth District Court in Providence and arraigned on charg- es of first-degree murder, conspir- acy, discharge of a firearm when committing a crime of violence, and having no license or permit for carrying a pistol. Bell was killed outside the Water Works Car Wash on Main Street. Police continue to investigate. WEEK THAT WAS Pawtucket Library closed Nov. 25-27 PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., will close on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and will remained closed through Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27. The library will also be closed on Saturdays through December due to the Workshare program. Visit www.pawtucketlibrary.org .

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