City of Pawtucket Releases the 2020 Calendar.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As we begin the new decade, my family and I would like to wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2020. We are excited about Pawtucket’s future. As we say our goodbyes to one year and welcome another year full of possibilities, I am proud of the progress that Pawtucket has made collectively with the City Council and School Committee on your behalf.
Our City continues to welcome new and returning residents to our diverse community. Increased residential and economic development is happening, especially with opportunities such as the commuter rail station area, referred to as the Conant Thread District. With the Commuter Rail Station set to open in 2021 and over $73 million in new residential developments underway, we are poised to continue moving Pawtucket forward. Incoming projects such as the Freight Street Development which will bring 180 residential units, Carpionato Group’s Lifestyle Center at Narragansett Park Plaza along Newport Avenue and Hope Artist Residential adding 149 residential units this year show Pawtucket’s growth as a destination location. Current destinations include the Isle Brewer’s Guild, downtown’s Still on Main, and the new Miss Lorraine Diner tying in the 560 Experience at Lorraine Mills.
The City is excited to announce the largest economic investment project in the Pawtucket’s history! Tidewater Landing is a $400 million economic development project proposed by Fortuitous Partners. This project will transform Pawtucket’s riverfront with hundreds of thousands of square feet of new development, including a new professional soccer team that will compete in the USL Championship League. Included in the projects are a 200-room hotel, a 7,500 seat stadium, commercial office space, and an indoor events center.
Our City’s finances continue on an upward trajectory with improved bond ratings, along with continuing implementation of best practices has allowed us to continue our investments in quality of life, infrastructure, and education.
The City continues to invest in our quality of life. We have doubled down on zoning services to address neighborhood issues. Providing quality and affordable health services will continue to be a top priority. I want to personally thank the members of the Pawtucket City Council and our delegation to the General Assembly who have worked diligently with all stakeholders on this important issue for Pawtucket and the Blackstone Valley.
Infrastructure has remained paramount to my administration. With approximately 5 miles of repaving over the past year, we have now repaved over 100 miles of Pawtucket’s 180 miles of roads in the last 9 years. We have continued reinvesting in our parks and recreational facilities, including the newly renovated Payne Park and San Bento Basketball Courts for our community to enjoy.
Our future lies with our students and they deserve the very best. Over the past few years, we have opened the doors to fully renovated Nathanael Greene and Potter Burns Elementary Schools. Over the next two years, we continue with a complete ground-up rebuild of Henry Winters Elementary. With a $220 million school bond that was approved by voters with overwhelming support, we continue our focus on generational school improvements for our school district. We continue to modernize our school to provide our children with a safe and conducive environment to learn with investments significantly reimbursed by the State, saving our taxpayers millions.
As we look to the future, we are committed to continue the progress that our City has made over the past year. On behalf of the city of Pawtucket, I thank you for your passion, support and commitment to our community. Together, we will make 2020 a year to remember!
In conclusion, I wish to thank our generous calendar sponsors who, once again, allow us to present you with the 2020 City of Pawtucket Calendar. This calendar provides a wealth of information on scheduled events, how to contact your elected officials, the many services available to you and much, much more. This year’s theme “Pawtucket Works,” is reflected by the uniquely colorful photos of Pawtucket scenes scattered throughout the pages. These photos were selected by professional photographers in the City of Pawtucket’s 21st Annual Photo Contest. A photo taken by Christen Johnson from Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary was selected for this year’s cover.
I wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2020.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien
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- Mayor Donald R. Grebien