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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-13-2021

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8 PAWTUCKET JANUARY 13-19, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION erty, listed at a tax value of $581,000, covers about 11,000 square feet with its various buildings and basement space included, sitting on one-third of an acre of property. North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, who was unaware of the purchase when reached Monday, subsequently confirmed with Taylor that he'll be expanding to North Providence, including a renovation of the building. "I'm excited about them coming here, especially during this pandemic," Lombardi said. Lombardi said the town has made a number of gains in unusual types of business, including the earlier move of Providence Picture Frame from Providence. Lorraine Fabrics markets itself as the largest and most complete discount fabric store in New England, with the slogan "Serving you better, saving you more." A sign out front welcomes minorities of all types. The store has long drawn cloth- ing designers and crafters for its huge assortment of cloth. The Lorraine Mills has seen rapid change and progress in recent years, with the addition of White Dog Distilling, Rhode Island Monthly and the Miss Lorraine Diner added to an eclectic mix that includes Mixed Magic Theatre and Crooked Current Brewery, among others. When Taylor originally sold the Pawtucket property, he told The Breeze he was hopeful that it would allow him to keep Lorraine Fabrics open "hope- fully forever." The Valley Breeze is committed to keeping quality news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one- time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at Thank you as always for reading. The owner of LORRAINE FABRICS, shown here on Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket, has purchased a new location in North Providence for warehouse space. LORRAINE From Page One at this time." A spokesman for the city did not offer specifics on exactly what kind of bill the city is looking to have paid, but the lawsuit cites a 2016 study detailing the need for some $35 million in needed upgrades. The suit demands judgment "in an amount greatly exceeding the jurisdictional requirements of this court, together with interest and costs, and all other just and proper relief." The city, according to the suit, sent formal notice to the team last October that it had failed to fulfill its obligations. A response from the PawSox last November stated that the team was in full compliance. If the team departs at the end of its lease on Jan. 31 without completing the work, it will leave the city, as owner of the stadium, with costly deficiencies to address, it states. The team previously sending its notice that it will not extend its stay beyond Jan. 31 "means the city of Pawtucket will be exposed for the entire facility and upkeep which was originally the responsibility of the state and PawSox, leaving the burden on the taxpayers to fix or knock down the facility," said Grebien. "The city of Pawtucket's primary responsibility continues to be to preserve and protect our taxpay- ers' investments," he added. "The city, months ago, engaged legal and professional counsel to assist and review all the agreements to protect the taxpayers. Through their due diligence and the failure and refusal fully to perform required mainte- nance, repair, and other obliga- tions in connection with the exit- ing lease, the city has filed suit in Superior Court in order to ensure that the commitments of the lease are met and the city is protected." The city and team continue to have conversations to allow the PawSox to stay in the facility on a month-to-month basis to help in the team's transition past the lease. "The city is always willing to con- tinue fruitful partnerships so long as our taxpayers are protected," said Grebien. LAWSUIT From Page 2 It's a nter thing! Unit A3 First Floor OPEN HOUSE SAT JAN 16 & SUN JAN 17 FROM 11-1 SEE LINK FOR ONLINE 3D tour Unit C12 3rd Floor OPEN HOUSE SAT JAN 16 & SUN JAN FROM 1:30-2:30 SEE LINK FOR ONLINE 3D tour Marilyn Burke Marilyn & Company Keller Williams Realty 680 High St Westwood MA 02090 781-603-5261CALL/TEXT Marilyn to set up a showing. 724 Beverage Hill Ave PAwtUCket, RI INVeStORS, FIRSt tIMe HOMe BUYeRS two units available for $140,000 each Commitment to Quality Dependable Trusted Accurate Inspirational 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Phone 401-334-9555 Fax 401-334-9994 Website Making our communities stronger by telling their stories. 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