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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-10-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 10-16, 2018 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON DALE ADAMS, a farmhand at Daggett Farm in Slater Park, brings hay in for the donkeys as they are housed inside because of the high winds and cold temperatures outside last Saturday. See more photos on page 24. PAWTUCKET – Owners of the Narragansett Park Plaza along Newport Avenue at the Pawtucket/ East Providence line are seeking to develop 118,770 square feet of office space, 72 residential units, 240,770 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and one drive-through restau- rant. Those behind the project say it would transform the underutilized plaza at 7 and 45 Newport Ave., the former home to a Stop & Shop store. The City Planning Commission on Dec. 19 approved a master plan for the project, as well as recommended a change to the zoning ordinance. The plan still needs many more state and local approvals, including from boards in Pawtucket and East Providence. Representatives for the Amalgamated Financial Group are petitioning to create the Commercial Mixed-Use District, or CMU District, and designate the plaza as such a dis- trict. A wide range of uses would be allowed within the district. Director of Planning Sue Mara said the intent of the requested zone change is to allow for more flexibility in permitted uses and dimensional 'Lifestyle center' proposed at Narragansett Park Plaza By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CENTER, Page 4 PAWTUCKET – Officials have formed a stakeholder group that includes many opponents of a pro- posal to build a new waste transfer station on Concord Street. The group will evaluate options for the existing transfer station on Grotto Avenue. Mayor Donald Grebien this week announced the formation of the community stakeholder group to work with the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University and explore options for the transfer station. Link Environmental is looking to build an expanded and enclosed transfer station at 55 Concord St. to replace the existing open station at 240 Grotto Ave. The proposal has sparked numer- ous protests in Fairlawn, with signs popping up across the neighborhood on the west side of the city making statements such as "Link will stink" and "Get out of the trash business." Residents and business owners say they're concerned about a decline in property values if the new sta- tion is built, as well as quality of life hindrances such as odors, rats and spreading garbage. City forms group to review options on transfer station By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See TRANSFER, Page 2 Creature comforts at Slater Park Does your child like? Robotics • Google Chromebooks Up to date computer room with fiber optic technology Wireless technology throught out the school Strings and Instrumental Music Chorus • Drama • Smartboards • Sports 755 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 401-723-9463 • www.scsri.org • mtetzner@scsri.org Where morals and values meet academic excellence Extended Care is available 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. SAINT CECILIA SCHOOL SAINT CECILIA SCHOOL Celebrating over 100 years of Catholic education! Celebrating over 100 years of Catholic education! Accepting Registrations for 2018-2019 Pre-K – Grade 8 Then St. Cecilia School is the only school for you! Open House January 28th 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Hearing Loss Seminar (401) 283-1172 1044 Smithfield Avenue, Lincoln, RI 02865 www.blackstonevalleyhearing.com

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