June 16, 2017

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WOONSOCKET, R.I.: Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt issued the following statement regarding 17 R 70, which will allow the City of Woonsocket to move forward with the demolition of the former incinerator located beside the Woonsocket Fire Department Headquarters on Cumberland Hill Road.

“Passage of 17 R 70 would represent another step in the right direction towards fixing a decades old problem with the ‘poster child’ for blight in our community. Removing blight is critical to improving health, safety, and self-esteem in our neighborhoods. This resolution offers a cost effective way to demolish the former incinerator on Cumberland Hill Road and continue to improve the quality of life in Woonsocket.”


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