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The North Providence Breeze 02-14-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Developer SHANE PICHE, a mem- ber of the North Providence Planning Board, stands in front of 1985 Smith St., a vacant building he has purchased in hopes of helping to revitalize Centredale. Piche has also start- ed Centredale Revival LLC, and is in the process of negotiat- ing purchase of other buildings in the area. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Shane Piche, a developer and member of the North Providence Planning Board, has purchased a building at a prominent spot at the mouth of the Centredale round- about, part of a broader personal plan, he says, to help revive the old village. Piche purchased the 5,000-square- foot building at 1985 Smith St. for $360,000. The building, the largest of its kind in the village, accord- ing to Piche, has been vacant since 2005, he said, after being home to various tenants over the years. It is located up the street from North Providence Town Hall. In conjunction with his purchase, Piche has founded Centredale Revival LLC, a company he said he hopes will eventually help revive Centredale to the point where it's on par with such busy commercial areas as Hope Street or Pawtuxet Village. He said he and his wife are also in negotiations on a few other pieces of property in the area. His goal, said Piche, is to "attract some staples" to his building, which also has a 2,500-square-foot clean basement. He said he envisions a mix of uses, including great office space and a nice destination piz- zeria or other eatery, preferably a "Rhode Island brand." Under the Centredale Revival brand, Piche envisions a multi-fac- eted effort to improve life and busi- ness in the village, potentially work- ing with others to remove "some old obsolete buildings" to add more parking for visitors. He said he's already approached Mayor Charles Lombardi and Town Council mem- bers about his ideas. "I just want to create a place we can all be proud of," he said. Other town officials have expressed agreement that traffic issues in the Centredale roundabout should be addressed with such addi- tions as new reflectors, said Piche. Ongoing issues with people ignor- ing the merging rules of the round- about or driving straight across its center island could be addressed with the addition of a monument or something else, he said. It was shortly after his election loss to Town Councilor Alice Brady in 2014 when his family came to a crossroads, said Piche. Owner of a general contracting company that does all its own renovation and Planner Piche buys vacant Smith Street building, envisions revival in Centredale By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See CENTREDALE, Page 2 Town will review ban on overnight parking Council approves several other measures NORTH PROVIDENCE – A local councilman has requested a review of a town ordinance limiting on-street parking overnight. Stephen Feola said he wasn't aware until recently that the town had such an ordinance limiting parking to one hour, and thinks it serves as an "unfair" detri- ment to residents, especially to larger families with smaller driveways. "Right now it is against the law in North Providence to park overnight on the street," he said. The town's code of ordinances states, "Overnight parking – one hour limit." The council agreed to send the law to its ordinance subcommit- tee to consider repealing the ban. Councilors said they'll check with public safety officials on whether it's appropriate to eliminate the rule. Police Chief David Tikoian said he'll review the issue and respond to the council on it. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PARKING BAN, Page 15 FEOLA Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE FEBRUARY 14-20, 2018 We are an independent financial services firm helping individuals create retirement strategies using a variety of insurance and investment products to custom suit their needs and objectives. Investing involves risk, including the potential loss of principal. Investment Advisory Services offered through Global Financial Private Capital, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Insurance and Annuity product guarantees are subject to the claims-paying ability of the issuing company, and are not offered through Global Financial Private Capital. CALL TODAY FOR AN INVESTMENT FEE ANALYSIS 401-333-8000 AS AN INVESTOR YOU DESERVE TO Understand what they are, why they're there and how you might be able to lower them KNOW YOUR FEES

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