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The North Providence Breeze 01-13-2021

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Lorraine Fabrics opening warehouse in North Providence NORTH PROVIDENCE – Lorraine Fabrics, an institution in Pawtucket since 1908, is preparing to make an expansion to Smith Street in North Providence. A check of property records last week for the former Salvation Army store at 1895 Smith St., which shut down as part of a consolidation in the spring, revealed that Lorraine Fabrics owner David Taylor purchased the property two weeks ago. Taylor said on Tuesday that the main store will remain where it is, at 593 Mineral Spring Ave. in Pawtucket, but with the purchase in North Providence, he'll regain the space he lost with a previous con- ethan@valleybreeze.com By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See LORRAINE, Page 11 NORTH PROVIDENCE – With the exception of a small project here and there, North Providence hasn't undertaken a major tree-planting initiative since planting 50 or so trees near Birchwood Middle School in 2010, longtime Tree Warden Fayette Amsden confirmed this week. And while other communities offer sidewalk tree-planting programs and other incentives for residents to plant new trees on their own, North Providence really doesn't, leaving a tree cover decimated by drought and insects to slowly dwindle. There has been no true study to determine just how many trees have been lost over the past decade, said Town not doing much to replace dead trees By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – A former Burger King at 1382 Mineral Spring Ave. is still vacant after clos- ing before the start of the pandemic, despite numerous businesses check- ing it out as a potential new home. Up the road is a vacant parcel for lease at 1603 Mineral Spring Ave. and another on the corner of Mineral Spring Avenue and Malcolm Street. A number of commercial spaces up and down North Providence's main thoroughfares are now vacant, with new construction set to add to the glut of available properties. A review conducted by the town in 2019 found only 12 total vacant storefront spaces left in North Providence. That number started creeping up several months later with the start of the pandemic, and has ballooned further since then. Prior to COVID-19, said Mayor Charles Lombardi, business was booming in North Providence and open spaces were scarce. The impacts of the pandemic, now run- ning for 10 months, have been severe here and elsewhere in Rhode Island, said Lombardi, now the president of the R.I. League of Cities and Towns. Just up Route 44 in Smithfield, he noted, the redeveloped Benny's property still has no tenants many months after it was completed, and representatives for the developer there, Carpionato, recently expressed regrets about completing the whole project before landing tenants. He said a number of other com- munities are experiencing way worse NP, Smithfield among those facing glut of vacant properties By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE MARCOS FIGUEROA, of North Providence, has found silver and gold rings, a gold eagle medallion, a Morgan dollar from 1922, and a Barber dime in excel- lent condition dated 1893. He says he has found more than $400 in coins and other items since he started treasure hunting last summer. He says he is not doing this for the money, but just to get outside and enjoy the fresh air during the COVID-19 crisis. See more photos on page 4. Hidden treasure See TREES, Page 6 See VACANT, Page 6 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE JANUARY 13-19, 2021 (401)944-2450 Our uplifting environment and special approach to Alzheimer's and dementia care have created a quality of life you simply can't get anywhere else. MEMORY CARE ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE Visit our website BriarcliffeRI.com or call to book a Virtual Tour from the Comfort of Home Convenient to US Hwy 6 and I-95 in Johnston, RI 49 OLD POCASSET ROAD BriarcliffeRI.com Lombardi Medical Associates LLC Wellesley Medical Building 1515 Smith Street, Suite M, North Providence, RI 02911 401-228-8775 Anthony J. Lombardi, Jr., MD Internal Medicine

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