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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-18-2021

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4 THE VALLEY FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION NORTH SMITHFIELD – A project that has faced several chal- lenges due to its proximity to the Woonsocket reservoirs was cleared last week for its final stage of planning review. North Smithfield Auto Body owner Tom Whalen is seeking to expand his business at 770 Eddie Dowling Highway. The expansion includes a new building with 12 service bays on a neighboring lot and a new entry and exit onto Route 146. Last Thursday, Feb. 11, lawyer Christian Capizzo told the Planning Board the owner is still seeking permits from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Due to its location near wetlands and on a state highway, the expansion will require approval from both agencies in addition to local boards. "It's somewhat fluid, so we had asked to get this before you while we work with DOT on the engineering as well as DEM," Capizzo said. Last year, the project faced push- back from some members of the Zoning Board over concerns it may be located in a water supply overlay district where auto repair shops are not allowed. The Zoning Board voted 4-1 to approve the project after a con- sultant said it was not subject to the rules of the overlay district. Then, in the fall, it faced another setback when the RIDEM required the company to restore an area that had been disturbed during construc- tion. According to David D'Amico, an engineer for the project, the company had begun pre-work and excavation for the new building and was storing the material on a neighboring proper- ty when it rolled into a protected area. "Some of the material, because of the steepness, rolled down and went into the buffer area," he explained. After RIDEM representatives vis- ited the property, he said, the com- pany agreed to a restoration plan that involved planting and revegetating the slope. At the same time, they're also working with the RIDEM to secure their remaining permits. Asked about the effect on the near- by water supply, D'Amico said the project will have a net positive effect on the water quality in the wetlands due to new systems for treating runoff that will be installed as part of the expansion. Planning Board members had a gen- erally positive reaction to the project but raised some concerns about the plans for entry and exit onto the high- way. The company has had to work closely with the RIDOT, particularly since the state agency announced plans to overhaul the Sayles Hill Road intersection down the street. The current plan, according to D'Amico, is to have a separate "front- age road" in addition to the two northbound lanes to allow for easier access to local businesses. Board members voted 5-0 to approve the project's preliminary application. The plans will need one more review by the Planning Board before final approval. In a separate matter, board mem- bers also voted 5-0 to approve the master plan application for an expansion of K & B Properties at 20 Providence Pike. That project will involve a new warehouse and office building to serve The Beck Company on the corner of Industrial Drive and Providence Pike. North Smithfield Auto Body expansion clears hurdle after restoration plan By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com BLACKSTONE – In an unusu- ally active year in Blackstone town politics, four individuals are running for two seats on the Blackstone Board of Selectmen. Selectman Daniel Keefe will face a challenge from former Selectman Ryan Chamberland in his bid for another three-year term. At the same time, Ryan Barry and Tanya Polak have both declared runs for a vacant seat that expires next year. All four candidates returned their nomination papers by the deadline last Friday, Feb. 12. Keefe, a local business owner, is fighting to hold onto his seat after a turbulent year that included an investigation into conversations he and two other town officials had over proposed CARES Act spending. In October, a private investigator concluded Keefe Four in the running for Blackstone Board of Selectmen By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com Continues on next page ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: www.valleybreeze.com READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Reporter Lauren Clem at lauren@ valleybreeze.com or call 401-334-9555, ext. 138. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. 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COPYRIGHTS – valleybreeze.com or its content may not be linked to any other Web site without the written permission of the publisher. News aggregators that solicit advertising may not link valleybreeze.com. Pursuant to North Smithfield Code of Ordinances Sec. 14-5 notice is hereby given of a public hearing of the North Smithfield Town Council to be held via teleconference at https://zoom.us/j/97340901209 or you can call (301) 715-8592 with Meeting ID: 973 4090 1209 on March 1, 2021 at 6:45 p.m. to consider the petition of Paul Baillargeon on behalf of Holliston Sand Company, Inc., Dudley Development Corporation, and MCS Enterprises, LLC. that proceedings be commenced for the abandonment of a portion of Old Tifft Rd. located on Assesor's Plat 4, Lots 46, 47, 48, 48A, 49, 431 and 319. This proposal may be altered or amended prior to the close of the public hearing without further advertising, as a result of further study or because of the views expressed at the public hearing. Any alteration or amendment must be presented for comment in the course of the hearing. Persons interested in the above petition are requested to attend as referenced above for said meeting and be heard. The petition is also available for review in the office of the Town Clerk at the Town Hall. Individuals requesting special assistance must call 767-2200, extension 504, seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the hearing date. Per Order of the North Smithfield Town Council Joanne Buttie, Acting Town Clerk TOWN OF NORTH SMITHFIELD STATE OF RHODE ISLAND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PETITION FOR ABANDONMENT OF STREET

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