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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-07-2021

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 7-13, 2021 PAWTUCKET 9 and sidewalks. Also among the sug- gestions here are possible new walk- ing paths. According to a Forbes article in December, there are several factors driving the self-storage industry high- er, including growing urbanizations, increasing downsizing due to the impacts of COVID-19, and lifestyle changes, among others. "While there are many things that affect real estate performance, self- storage is influenced by the transition and trauma business," it states. As a result of the role such places play in major life events, "it is one of the most recession-resistant asset classes," it adds. According to Forbes, renters need a place to store the belongings that no longer fit when their rental spaces shrink, they move home with family, or they choose a more nomadic life- style. Also adding to the demand are businesses at risk of failing, as they need a place to store items as they wait to get back on their feet. Officials have also confirmed that storage facilities are planned at 555 Prospect St., across from Prospect Heights. The entity that purchased that 76,000-square-foot building for $1.45 million last September, WSP II Pawtucket LLC, is associated with names in the storage industry. From preceding page BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY A storage facility is also planned at 555 PROSPECT ST. Friends of Looff Carousel win award for restoration PAWTUCKET – The Preservation Society of Pawtucket has awarded the Friends of the Looff Carousel with a $1,000 award for their work on the restoration of the carousel in Pawtucket's Slater Park. The decision was made after reviewing application materials sub- mitted to the Preservation Reward Program. The renovation and restoration of the Looff Carousel and its building was a cooperative project between the Friends of the Carousel and the city of Pawtucket. The Friends of the Looff Carousel is a group of volunteers assisting the Parks and Recreation Department with maintaining the carousel and plan- ning events and activities in Slater Park. The group's nonprofit status allowed them to earn grant funding for the restoration work. The carousel was built in 1895 by Charles I. D. Looff for a car- nival called Lee Funland in New York. The carousel features a North Tonawanda Military band organ, which was converted in 1920 to play Wurlitzer rolls. There are 44 standing horses, six menagerie ani- mals, and two chariots. It originally traveled at a dizzying speed of 14 mph and has since been slowed down to 9 mph, though it is still one of the fastest carousels in the country. The ring arm that dis- pensed silver and brass rings was removed in the 1960s. The carousel is only one of six in the country still operating in its original building, a 12-sided build- ing with a cupola and stained-glass windows made by the Sandwich Glass Works in Massachusetts. In 1910 the city of Pawtucket leased a small lot near the Daggett House to John Walker of Providence, a noted carousel concessionaire, who had the Looff Carousel moved from New York. Though it was a great success here, the carousel fell into disrepair and was closed in 1969. In 1971 the city was considering bids from interest- ed buyers but local residents inter- vened and the decision was made to repair the carousel instead of selling it. It was reopened in 1979. Charles I. D. Looff built 40 car- ousels, numerous roller coasters and Ferris wheels, and designed California's Santa Monica Pier. He was born as Carl Jürgen Detlev Looff on May 24, 1852, in Holstein, Germany. His father was a black- smith and wagon builder. Carl emi- grated to New York City on Aug. 14, 1870, and changed his name to Charles. Settling in Brooklyn, he found work as a carver at a furni- ture factory. He also worked part-time as a ballroom dance instructor, through which he met Anna Dolle, whom he married in 1874. After work- ing in the furniture factory all day, See AWARD, Page 13 - Page 1 - Composite Job Number: p74274 Customer: Valley Breeze Misc. House 2011 Phone: (401) 334-9555

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