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 Warble alert Minimize
Have you noticed our new neighbors lately? Mockingbirds have made their home in some of our treetops this summer.

      

 Tavern, coming soon to your neighborhood Minimize

The following letter was read to the City Council during the Public Input session at the May 9 meeting.

Regarding the application for a Tavern License at 11 Walnut Street for International Education Partners, LLC d/b/a Roosevelt International Academy (RIA)

I, Susan L. Rivet of 20 Maynard St., have been an abutter of the property for 28 years, and a longtime member and past president of the Quality Hill Neighborhood Association.

Neighbors were not notified by the city about RIA’s Tavern License application; apparently the city does not notify abutters of license applications, as it does for routine zoning variances. RIA dropped letters into our mail slots that did not mention the Tavern License.

The most important issue is the intended use that newly formed RIA, the prospective buyer of the property, has stated for the building. In a letter to neighbors, RIA’s Benjamin Ben Tré said that it was his "hope" to use it to provide a home for "international high school students".

All of us think of “high school students” as being of “high school age”, about 15 to 18.

The Tavern License for which RIA is applying not only is NOT NEEDED in order to operate a student dormitory-style house, but in fact the license itself would BAR the applicant from housing students of “high school age”.

Rhode Island State Law 5-24 states that a building with a Tavern License shall not be frequented by minors, "any person under lawful age", with the tavern keeper being subject to a $50 fine. Thus, the Tavern License can ONLY be used for adults. Currently only three tavern licenses are active in the city: the Ground Round (Comfort Inn), 85 Montgomery (a boarding house with 24 occupants), and 422 Armistice (a boarding house with 23 occupants

How many adults could be housed at the 9390 square foot 11 Walnut St.? According to Pawtucket Zoning Director Ron Travers, the state building code would dictate the maximum number of occupants for the building, one person for the first 70 square feet of a room and one for every additional 50. The maximum number of occupants could be staggering.

Furthermore, while 5-24-1 states that the licensed person shall not suffer the licensed building “to become frequented by any common drunkard or person addicted to the intemperate use of spirituous or intoxicating liquors,” it does not mention prostitution or the use of drugs.

Lastly, there is concern that once the Tavern is opened, the city would not possess the authority to close it if problems were to arise. Until legislation is passed which authorizes the City of Pawtucket to close any unlicensed tavern, victualing house, cookshop, oyster house, and oyster cellar that does not have the proper licensing is passed by the General Assembly (reference December 7, 2011 City Council Resolution In support of passage), the City Council should reconsider approval of any additional Tavern Licenses.


      

 DCYF or RIA? Minimize

Compare the DCYF building on Roosevelt Avenue with RIA's photoshopped photo on 

http://rooseveltacademy.us/


      

 Application for Tavern License Minimize

 

Dear neighbors,


This Wednesday, May 9 the City Council will hear and vote on a TAVERN LICENSE APPLICATION for 11 Walnut Street, the 9390 square foot estate formerly an assisted living facility for elderly women known as the Weeden Manor. The building sold at auction last fall and a potential buyer from the present owner has applied for a Tavern License. As an abutter, 28-year neighbor and past Quality Hill Neighborhood Association president I plan to speak against the issuance of a Tavern License for several reasons.


The most important issue is the intended use that the prospective buyer of the property, newly formed Roosevelt International Academy, has stated for the building. In a letter to neighbors, Benjamin Ben Tré said that it was his “hope” to use it to provide a home for "international high school students".
The Tavern License for which RIA is applying not only is NOT NEEDED in order to operate a student dormitory-style house, but in fact the license itself would BAR the applicant from housing students of high school age.

Rhode Island State Law 5-24 states that a building with a Tavern License shall not be frequented by "any person under lawful age", the tavern keeper being subject to a $50 fine. Thus, the Tavern License can ONLY be used for adults. Currently only three tavern licenses are active in the city: the Ground Round (Comfort Inn), 85 Montgomery (a boarding house with 24 occupants), and 422 Armistice (a boarding house with 23 occupants). Today I drove by 85 Montgomery and took a photograph of the building; parked in front of it was a vehicle with the windshield and side window smashed.

Pawtucket Zoning Director Ron Travers informed me that the state building code would dictate the maximum number of occupants in the building, one person for the first 70 square feet of a room and one person for every additional 50 square feet. With a building size of 9390 square feet, the maximum number of occupants could be eye-popping. Mr. Ben Tré was asked several times at last week's meeting how many occupants he expected to have, to which he repeatedly responded that he did not know, nor did he want to discuss staffing, hours etc.


If you are interested, please attend the meeting at City Council chambers at 7PM on May 9. Public input is at 6:45 and you may have to arrive about half an hour early to sign up.


      

 Weeden Manor deed Minimize

      

 Weeden Manor auction held on November 12 at 2PM Minimize
SOLD!

... to Ernie Ricci for $125,000.

Much to the surprise of a host of onlookers, but only three registered bidders, the Darius Goff mansion, known for over fifty years as the Weeden Manor, elicited a high bid of only $125,000.  The winning bid  did not meet the reserve set by the seller, the Pawtucket Congregational Church, but was accepted following a brief private conference of the church's board members.

      

 Weeden Manor closed Minimize
The Weeden Manor, long a gracious home for retired ladies (and then gentlemen, too) has sadly closed its doors.

The Pawtucket Congregational Church expects to sell the 9300 square foot estate which the city appraised at just over $1 million.



Formerly the Darius Goff mansion, the property was donated to the Pawtucket Congregational Church in 1953 by Pawtucket mill magnate George Greenhalgh with the stipulation as recorded in City Hall title records:

In making this gift it is my desire that the premises shall be used free of charge by either one or both of the two following named charitable corporations which said Grantee will in its sole discretion determine, i.e., (1) the ELIZABETH HIGGINSON WEEDEN HOME for INDIGENT and INFIRM FEMALES as the home, or one of the homes, it maintains for indigent and infirm females, or (2) the PAWTUCKET and BLACKSTONE VALLEY CHAPTER of the AMERICAN RED CROSS as a Chapter House, and if and when both of such uses are no longer desirable in the sole discretion of the Grantee, that the premises shall be given to or used by some other charitable corporation or corporations organized for public benefit (including use by the Grantee for its own purposes) and that in such case the Grantee will use reasonable judgment in selecting the charitable organization or corporations which shall have or use the property so that the use thereof will not have a deleterious effect on the neighborhood and adjoining property values, but I impose no limitations on the powers of said Grantee to devote the property to other uses or otherwise sell or dispose of the same in case the Grantee should at any time deem it desirable to do so.


      

 New neighbor - Temple of Restoration Minimize
The historic Pawtucket Congregational Church has been purchased by the Temple of Restoration...

      

 This Old House names Quality Hill among Best Old House Neighborhoods 2009: Northeast Minimize
You can read the article on This Old House at:

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20283022_20634644,00.html

      

 Welcome Minimize

Pearce House 1871 on 98 Summit Street October 2005 20.jpg

Pearce House 1871 on 98 Summit Street


Quality Hill is a National Register Historic District located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

The finest residential area in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Pawtucket was Quality Hill, located on the low ridge just east of the falls.  Walcott Street, from Broadway to North and South Bend Streets, was laid out across this area early in the eighteenth century and has historically been the neighborhood's principal spine.  Walcott Street seems to have acquired a fashionable tone quite early - wealthy manufacturers have built fine houses along it since at least 1800.  Cottage and Summit Streets developed as minor neighborhood axes in the second half of the nineteenth century when they came to be lined with the substantial houses of upper- and middle-income families.  By the 1920s, the entire neighborhood was filled with large and often handsome houses fronting tree-lined residential streets.

--Pawtucket, Rhode Island Statewide Historical Preservation Report,
Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, October 1978


      

 Cottage neighborhoods make a comeback Minimize
MSN recently featured an article about the top 10 cottage neighborhoods in the US.  (See http://realestate.msn.com/buying/Article_cottageliving.aspx?cp-documentid=8992283.)

The Cottages of Quality Hill have it all: neighborly houses and pedestrian-scaled streets, and $250-400,000 will still buy a very handsome home in this neighborhood.

(Contrast the town of Salemi in Sicily which could not persuade its inhabitants to rebuild following the devastation of an earthquake in 1968, and which is now selling villas for two buck provided that the new owners spend at least $100,000 reconstructing them.  Why, you may ask, did not local Italians buy into the town?  The Newsweek article suggests that perhaps the nearby proximity of Mafia dons and Cosa Nostra had something to do with it.  http://www.newsweek.com/id/159040?GT1=43002)

      

 Banners Minimize
Pawtucket, Rhode Island - Paris of the New Millennium
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In Blackstone River Valley
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French in Rhode Island is all French, all the time. Allons-y!
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 Quality Hill - A Neighborhood Minimize
Pawtucket - A Garden City

      

 Did you know Minimize
Everyone knows that a five-minute walk down Walcott Street leads to the downtown area, the Blackstone River, and the Old Slater Mill.  But did you know that the Old Slater Mill was the very first property to be listed in the National Register on November 13, 1966?  The nearby South Street Historic District was added in 1983, and the Quality Hill Historic District was added in 1984.

      

 Quality Hill: the French Quarter Minimize

      

 Pot Luck Supper at St. Joseph's Minimize
The daily "pot luck" suppers (and Saturday brunch) which were formerly hosted at the Leon Mathieu Senior Center, and more recently at the Masonic Temple on the Pawtucket River, will soon be served at St. Joseph's Church on Walcott Street.  There is no charge, but of course donations are cheerfully accepted.

If you are interested in volunteering some of your time to help, please arrive between 2pm and 4pm, before the rush, and ask for Ernie.

      

 Rhode Island Index Minimize

Rhode Island Index
Average cost of keeping an inmate at the Adult Correctional Institutions for one year (excluding ca...

    

 Possible merger of St. Joseph parish? Minimize

According to an article in the Pawtucket Times,

All Saints Parish in Woonsocket and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Pawtucket are trading pastors, a move that could be a precursor to a possible merger of Pawtucket's Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and St. Joseph Parish.
The merger is reportedly under strong consideration by the Diocese of Providence due to the financial problems and low attendance plaguing both Pawtucket churches in recent years.

Read the details at http://www.pawtuckettimes.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18769382&BRD=1713&PAG=461&dept_id=24491&rfi=6


      

 Wild Turkey! Minimize
Wild turkey has been spotted in February, so keep your camera ready!

      

 Vaughn is missing! Reward! Minimize

Double Yellow headed Amazon 22 years old.
Missing since 8 September 2008 from
Spring Street, Pawtucket.  Reward! 
Call 301-316-6777 or 508-813-3513.

      

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