Monthly News Notes
Former Showcase Property Sold
The Sun Chronicle reported that developer Charles Tapalian has entered into an agreement to purchase the old Showcase Cinema property on Fall River Ave. Tapalian made the announcement in an email to residents of Greenbrier Village, which is located behind the old Showcase Cinema, that his company, RI Seekonk Holdings, LLC was purchasing the property. He originally proposed to build a vegetable, shrimp and fish farm, but changed his plans after receiving feedback from residents. Tapalian’s plans also include building more than 100 new condominiums as well as an indoor lap pool, basketball courts and a playground for Greenbrier residents. He reportedly has gathered enough signatures to request a special town meeting to pass a zoning bylaw change. The property is currently designated as ‘split-zone,’ meaning part of the parcel is zoned as “highway business” and part (the rear parking lot) is residential. The town tried to rezone the residential portion of the property to highway business, but voters at town meeting did not approve the change.
K-9 Gets New Vest
Seekonk Police Department K-9 Mattis has a new bullet-proof vest, according to an article in the Sun Chronicle. The vest was donated by Vested Interest in K9s Inc. of East Taunton. Mattis, a 3 year-old German shepherd, works with Patrolman Adam Laprade. Mattis’ new vest is embroidered with the words “In memory of K9 Kilo.” Kilo, who also worked with Laprade, died in July. He served the department for three years before retiring last year. Vested Interest, a non-profit organization, has provided more than 3,000 protective vests to K9s in all 50 states, valued at $5.7 million. For more information or to make a donation, visit the website at www.vik9s.org.
Towns to Receive More Money from State for Road Projects & Repairs
Governor Charlie Baker signed a supplemental budget that includes additional funding to cities and towns for road construction and improvement projects, according to a Sun Chronicle article. Officials used a formula that considers several factors including population, miles of road and employment to determine the amount that each municipality received. Seekonk is expected to receive an additional $116,456 for a total of $698,737.