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The North Providence Breeze 05-16-2018

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 16-22, 2018 NORTH PROVIDENCE / OBITUARY 15 could unlock a chain if it went up, but Iaciofano said he prefers that the entrance be kept open, saying it would maintain better access for emergency vehicles. Iacobucci said members are trying to preserve neighborhoods and conform to the comprehensive plan by restrict- ing commercial access to side streets. He said Iaciofano will have to close the sidewalk and install landscaping or add a chain. Representatives for Iaciofano said they'd be willing to block the David Street exit if necessary. Board member Shane Piche also emphasized the need to limit traffic access on side streets as much as possi- ble, saying there will be both increased car traffic and pedestrian traffic to the property. Resident Ronald Marcello, of 9 Spicer St., said he has concerns about the drive-through speaker at Wendy's, with the window open until 1 a.m., as well as water on the site. Robert Maher, of 15 Spicer St., said he's concerned about the planned addition of a larger water pipe on the site, saying more water will flow through a neighborhood that already floods. Representatives for the devel- oper said maximum flow will be restricted by the size of the upstream pipe; reducing the amount of paved area will reduce the rate of flow. Mayor Charles Lombardi said the water problem at the rear of the prop- erty is the town's problem. Taxpayers spent $860,000 in a first phase rebuild- ing of the culvert from Evergreen Parkway and down behind Taco Bell, he said. The second phase would pick up this section and down to Alexander and Lexington and relieve backup. Lombardi said officials are happy to hear that a larger pipe is planned, say- ing they're currently seeking additional funding to complete phase two of the project. North Providence needs to do what it can to attract new businesses, despite limitations on growth, said the mayor, who assured residents that he and others are doing everything they can to address their concerns. Hugo Otero, of 11 Spicer St., also asked questions about the work and how it will impact flooding, saying his land has eroded over time. He asked whether there will be an adequate buf- fer, and was told there will be. Town Planner David Westcott said he wanted to make clear that there is already FEMA flood zone both upstream and downstream of the site. The town has taken some actions to reduce the frequency of flooding, but the area still floods in major storms. Officials have not been provided with any plans for the culvert replacement, so they really don't know what is pro- posed yet and can't evaluate impacts on flooding, he said. Other residents offered concerns on potential trash, noise, and traffic. Iacobucci said the board heard the concerns, but its purview is specific to consistency with the town's compre- hensive plan. The board first voted to combine the master plan and preliminary plan stages. They then adopted the find- ings in Westcott's memo and approved the preliminary plan for Wendy's with several conditions, including: that the plan be modified to eliminate the David Street connection except for emergency use; that a sidewalk and appropriate landscaping along David Street be added; that all required state permits be issued; that plans for cul- vert replacement be approved by the DPW; and that the embankment at the rear of the property be cleared of trash and debris and stabilized to pre- vent further erosion. The board voted to advise the Zoning Board of Review that the granting of a special use permit for a drive-through window would be con- sistent with the town's comprehensive plan if access to David Street is closed or restricted. Providence Bagel Representatives for Jacky Ko, owner of Jacky's Restaurant, presented con- ceptual plans for the new Providence Bagel on 15,900 square feet of land at 1480 Mineral Spring Ave., next door to the planned Wendy's, not- ing that they're still pulling together applications for a preliminary plan application. Providence Bagel is not a coffee shop, and is not fast food, but is a place where people come in for a bagel or a bagel sandwich, said the applicant. There will not be any nega- tive environmental impacts from the project, with one opening on Mineral Spring Avenue for both entering and exiting. The applicant asked the board to allow an opening on Spicer Street for employee parking and for dumpster servicing, noting the challenges of the property. The building itself would cover about 3,500 square feet. The applicant is pledging to work up a landscaping plan to reduce the amount of paved space, as well as to be a good neighbor. Representatives noted that they haven't received one complaint at their location on North Main Street in Providence. Board member Warren Riccitelli noted that a home behind the pro- posed building is only 20 feet away, asking how the owner will protect them. Experts for Providence Bagel said there will be a high fence. About 30 percent of Providence Bagel's business comes through the drive-through, with most traffic before 11 a.m. Antonio Fontes of 7 Spicer St., testi- fied that the drive-through "is going to be practically in my kitchen," say- ing he's ready to retire but his peace is now gone. He said the signs at the nearby Jacky's are like a "disco pal- ace," and he's worried about more. Nora Fontes, also of 7 Spicer St., offered concerns about cars accessing the property from the rear, as well as fears about rats and lights. When she complained about the lights at Jacky's, she said she was told to get a black-out sheet for her window. Board member Wendy Regan said she understands the emotion from Fontes, but said the board is restricted in its authority in approving a proposal if it meets local requirements. "We can't base it on whether we want it or we like it or whether it's pretty," she said. Ronald Marcello, of 7 Spicer St., said he's concerned about the drive- through speaker. Virginia and Robert Maher, of 13 Spicer St., said ever since the nearby Dunkin' Donuts was built at Spicer and Mineral Spring Avenue, Spicer to Alexander has become a shortcut, causing a dangerous situation. Lombardi noted that the parking situation at Dunkin' Donuts was final- ized before his time in office, saying Spicer Street should have no parking. He said he's going to police and the Town Council about prohibiting park- ing on that side of Spicer, saying there could be an issue once the Providence Bagel project is completed. The board approved the master plan for the proposed Providence Bagel on that condition that the Spicer Street entrance be reserved for employee parking and servicing the dumpster. Members also advised the Zoning Board of Review that granting a spe- cial use permit for the drive-through would be consistent with the master plan. Storage facility The board also approved a prelimi- nary plan for a proposed self-storage facility at 1204 Douglas Ave., a 4.1- acre site in a manufacturing limited zone. Applicant Douglas Avenue Associates Inc. and U.S. Development II LLC are seeking to build the facility. Attorney Kerin Browning, of Moses Ryan LTD, said that since a master plan hearing last year, the applicant has provided an easement for the driveway, and the Town Council approved a zone change, a compre- hensive plan change and a street abandonment. The company has also obtained a rear setback variance and all of the state permits necessary for preliminary plan approval. Experts for the applicant addressed questions on drainage and a proposed infiltration system under the pavement. Evelyn M. Campbell Evelyn M. Campbell, 98, of North Providence, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on May 11. She was the beloved wife of the late William J. Campbell. Evelyn, born on Sept. 8, 1919, in Manhattan, N.Y., to the late Marco and Lucia (Cardarelli) Saggese and spent her early years in the Bronx. She graduated from Evander Childs High School (1937) and attended Baruch College leaving to support her widowed mother. Evelyn married Bill in 1944 and settled in Rhode Island in 1958. Evelyn was a secretary for Providence College from 1961-1989. In retirement, Evelyn volunteered at Meals on Wheels into her 90s. Evelyn and Bill enjoyed 70 years of traveling, family, friends including "Club Dominicana" until Bill's death in 2014. A "Lady of the Greatest Generation" Evelyn was erudite, adventurous, optimistic, content and thankful for her life. She carried immense devotion for her family and faith. Evelyn is survived by a son, Marc, and his children Theresa and David, and daughter, Karen, and partner, Lynn; a multitude of caring nieces and nephews including great and great-greats as well as numerous lov- ing friends. Evelyn was the sister of the late Violet Ricci and John and Eugene Saggese. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, May 16, at 11 a.m., at Our Lady of Grace Church, 4 Layfayette St., Johnston, followed by burial at Highland Memorial. Visiting hours were held May 15 at Olson & Parent Funeral Home 417 Plainfield St., Providence. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Evelyn's name to Meals on Wheels, 70 Bath St., Providence, 02908. For the online guest book, visit OlsonParent.com . CAMPBELL DEVELOPMENT From Page 3 See APPROVED, Page 16 In your time of need, The North Providence Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our Web site, valleybreeze.com, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES Keefe Funeral Home and Cremation Services Available 24 hours/7 Days/Emergency Rental Caskets Available Pre-Arrangement Plans & Guidance Complete Funeral Arranging Wheelchair Accessible Availability to accommodate large services with small service attention Five Higginson Avenue Lincoln, RI 02865 www.thekeefefuneralhome.com 401-725-4253 Sixth Anniversary May 22, 2012 – May 22, 2018 Steven J. AlbAneSe Not a day goes by we don't think of you. We lost so much the day you left us. You will be forever in our hearts. 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