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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-16-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 16-22, 2018 PAWTUCKET 5 to comprehend what he'd purchased. "It took a while to understand the building," he said. He said he purchased it thinking that he would be able to repurpose much of what he found inside, but has instead found that most of its inner workings are too outdated to be of use. Systems that were considered state- of-the-art in 1977 today are badly outdated, he said. The engine of the building, an old boiler, took some time to restore but is now functional again. As he's learned to better use the heating systems, Rosenberg said he's also gained some efficiency, but not before spending more than $5,000 in heating during one particularly cold winter month. Rosenberg said he's had some fairly large-scale failures in terms of trying to attract major tenants, fail- ing to land the Providence Roller Derby for a large and mostly open space with a 15-inch slab for a floor. Removing the columns as needed would have been too prohibitive, he said, so his plan now is to turn them into live-work spaces. Windows overlooking Main Street, which are currently covered, will be opened and updated to brighten each unit. Though Rosenberg doesn't regret his decision to purchase the building yet, he said he might by the end of summer if he doesn't see significant progress by then. The job of rede- veloping the interior of the building has not gone nearly as easily as he imagined, with plenty of red tape to cut through at both the state and local level. When he purchased the building in late 2016, Rosenberg said the Pawtucket facility is the "first really big property" he's owned after 20 years in the New York and Boston real estate markets. In some ways he's attempting to replicate the suc- cess of the Hope Artiste Village redevelopment up the road. Rosenberg said he's flexible on tenants and pricing, as he's investing $10,000 each month into the facility. According to Rosenberg, the Creative Commerce Center name, or CCC, was inspired by the Works Progress Administration-era Civilian Conservation Corps., a public relief program operated from 1933 to 1942 as part of the New Deal to help unemployed, unmarried men who couldn't find jobs. The Creative Commerce Center has numerous types of spaces, including several that are nearly ready for office spaces. Rosenberg won a $2,000 arts grant through the city, which he used to enlarge old pictures of Pawtucket and install them on the exterior walls of the building. He said he hopes to do more beautification through additional grants in the future. To inquire about a space at the Vitrus building, call 617-633-6082. From preceding page BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY WAYNE ROSENBERG sits in the large, open space inside the Vitrus building that he now plans to transform into live-work spaces. Grebien to participate in Bras for a Cause at Twin River LINCOLN – Local real estate brokers Kerri Gemma and Sherry Mercurio have united to pro- duce Bras for a Cause, an annual event that combines humor and an auction to raise money for the education programs and sup- port services provided by the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. The event will be held at Twin River Event Center, 100 Twin River Road, on Saturday, May 19, at 6 p.m. This year's theme is "Movies throughout the Years," and according to Mercurio, the bras will be theatrically decorated. Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien will be participating in the show. Business professionals model the bras and survivors escort the models down the catwalk carry- ing handmade signs and props, while encouraging the audience to increase their bids for the models. What the bras will look like won't be revealed until the event. In addition to the show, ticket price includes a "bra-tail" (cock- tail) hour with passed hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction, buffet dinner and dessert. For more information, visit www.gloriagemma.org or call 401- 861-4376. & Music Learning Center 1530 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI – 401-353-3805 Orchestral Instruments Saxophones Trumpets Clarinets Violins Flutes Trombones Mandolins LESSONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS NOW ENROLLING for Summer Band Camp Be Part of a Real Band! VINTAGE GUITARS $20.00 PER LESSON All Instruments No Commitments! WE OFFER SHEET MUSIC ACCESSORIES GUITAR REPAIR REPAIRS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS PUT MUSIC IN YOUR LIFE! GUITAR AMPS

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