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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-18-2020

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8 PAWTUCKET NOVEMBER 18-24, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION 8 give the city the ability to control the future development of the properties, which have stagnated for more than a decade. The park plan calls for overlooks of the river as well as a playground and possible splash park. Apex is no longer part of the Fortuitous Partners development plan highlighted by a new soccer sta- dium further up the river, but acquir- ing and redeveloping Apex would allow the ability to connect that $300 million project with the rest of down- town. The City Council last week approved sending a resolution call- ing for borrowing up to $20 million for the Apex property, including infrastructure upgrades, to the coun- cil's subcommittees for consideration. Councilors expressed early support for the move after the city last month began a move toward taking the property by eminent domain. The conceptual plan shows a pedestrian corridor going through the center of the property, along with realigned Main Street and School Street with added bike lanes. A mixed-use building is shown on the vacant George's Games property, and two additional mixed-use build- ings are shown on the opposite side of School Street, across the street from the main Apex Department Store site where another residential building and mixed-use building would be located. The Breeze previously reported that city and PawSox officials were balking at a price tag of $20 million or more for the Apex properties to make way for an earlier baseball sta- dium proposal. Chief of Staff Dylan Zelazo said this week that the council's authoriza- tion would simply allow spending up to that amount on a negotiated purchase (now seen as unlikely) or acquiring the property through the eminent domain process. If and when the city gets to court proceed- ings, this fund is where the money would come from, he said. The money would cover needed demoli- tion and cleanup of the property. The $20 million doesn't include project costs for redevelopment. Zelazo noted the importance of site control in allowing the city to attract private developers, which would then allow the recouping of a signifi- cant amount of the city's investment. Asked about the long-rumored idea that city-based Hasbro could be interested in the site, after previously expressing interest in being part of the baseball stadium development, Zelazo said nothing can be ruled out. "I'd say there's potential for that site to be something right away or for it to evolve," he said. If tomorrow "a large-scale cor- porate user looking for space" saw Apex as the right spot, said Zelazo, "I think there are a number of options." Prior to the pandemic, Hasbro, which is headquartered on Newport Avenue in Pawtucket, had been said to be looking for a new campus-like property close to at least two major amenities for its employees. The baseball stadium and Guild brewery were seen as fitting those needs. Locating at the Apex site would also put the company closer to a new commuter station, set to open in 2022. Zelazo emphasized that the vision is not to acquire the Apex property and keep it entirely as public open space. The overall goal, he said, is to activate the site and by extension drive economic development along APEX From Page One The conceptual plan for the APEX SITE in downtown Pawtucket. Continues on next page Holiday Spirit L The Mini Dental Implant Center Plainville Dental Care 13 Taunton Street, Plainville, MA 02762 508-699-4822 Dr. Peyman Beigi, a graduate of Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine, is a proud member of the Massachusetts Dental Society & American Dental Association. Hablamos Español & e portugues • A Fast, affordable and permanent way to replace missing teeth or stabilize dentures in just one office visit! • Placing mini dental implants is quick, with a minimal invasive procedure. • Half the cost (and size of Conventional implants). • Less discomfort and less healing time needed. Are You Tired of LOOSE DENTURES or MISSING TEETH? Let Dr. Peyman Beigi introduce you to MINI DENTAL IMPLANTS $ 88 New Patient OFFER Includes: Tooth Whitening (home kit), Dental Cleaning, Check-up, X-Rays, Treatment Planning. Expires 12/31/2020 Evening & Saturday Appointments Available. Credit Cards & Most Insurance Accepted A value of over $400.00. Paid at time of service. You must present this coupon at time of service to receive the special offer. May not be used more than once and may not be combined with other offers or discounted plans. Paid at the time of service. Requires payment at the first visit. No cash value. SAME DAY DENTAL IMPLANTS EXTRACTIONS, MINI IMPLANTS, CROWNS & DENTURES

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