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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-15-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 15-21, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY JULES KOUKI takes a violin solo with special guest pianist Suzanna Laramee during the Mount Saint Charles Academy Spring Concert last Sunday. See more photos on page 6. WOONSOCKET – City officials on Monday appeared to resolve the last significant hang-up in the planned residential redevelopment of the former city middle school on Park Place: questions about whether the planned residential project will have enough parking. Louis Yip, of the Tai-O Group, with projects in Pawtucket and Central Falls, grew upset after Planning Director Joel Mathews recommended not approving the 212,000-square-foot development until the developer shows satisfactory parking in plans. Mathews suggested that the devel- opment have 1.8 parking spots per unit, or approximate 186 spots on the site for the 104 planned upscale housing units. Even if Yip could finagle 120 parking spots out of the site, it would still leave him 60 to 70 spots short of what he should have, he said. Anything beyond 120 spots compromises proper design stan- dards for the site, he emphasized. Mathews expressed concern for the residents in the neighborhood of the Woonsocket officials address parking hurdle on Tai-O housing project By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor NORTH SMITHFIELD – Town Council members have accepted a four-point plan from Town Administrator Gary Ezovski to address traffic concerns at the inter- section of Mowry Road and Route 7. At its meeting March 5, Ezovski presented his plan to: • Modify the intersection by "squar- ing it off." The current "Y" shape would get a "course correction," with a change to more of a 90-degree intersection. The town will seek a physical alteration permit from the state based on existing plans. • Widen the first 100 feet of Mowry, since the town already has ownership of the land. • Install signs coming from both north and south of the intersection at Route 7 warning drivers that there is an intersection coming up. This is mostly to address concerns over traf- Town Council accepts Ezovski's recommendations on Mowry Road improvements By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Mount musicians take the stage See PARKING, Page 8 See MOWRY, Page 15 WOONSOCKET – Despite one councilman's assertion that the city's move to allow open containers of alcohol in city parks will contribute to the growing problem of alcohol- ism, the City Council approved the change last week. The council amended chapter 3 of the code of ordinances, which previously banned possession of an open container of alcohol on a public Woonsocket street, sidewalk, parking lot or park operated by the city or state. Councilor Melissa Murray responded to Councilor Richard Fagnant's concerns about the With proper permission, alcohol allowed in city parks By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See ALCOHOL, Page 8 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! 401-475-6116

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