Informational hearing held on proposed Dollar Tree

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There were concerns but no major objections as a handful of Lakewood residents gathered at the Warwick Firefighters Association hall on Warwick Avenue to review a Dollar Tree store proposed for a nearly one-acre lot diagonally across the street.

“As long as the neighbors’ objections are addressed, I’m good with it,” said Ward 2 Councilman Jeremy Rix following the informational presentation last Wednesday night. The development would entail the unification of six separate parcels and the demolition of a house plus two buildings.

The six lots that include general business, residential and office use would be merged to create two lots. On the larger of the lots, 52,521 square feet, Dollar Tree would build a retail store of about 9,000 square feet. The project is estimated to cost more than $1 million, according to attorney K. Joseph Shekarchi, who is representing the developers, Clark Geer Latham and Associates of Mobile, Alabama. He said Dollar Tree would own the property.

There are no immediate development plans for the second lot of 16,754 square feet, which would also be Warwick Avenue. The merger of the properties entails the acquisition of the site of C & L Auto Sales, the business owned and operated by Vincent Ferla, who is running as a Democratic candidate for mayor.

The merger and subdivision of the properties and their use for general business will require master plan approval of the Planning Board and a zone change from the City Council. The Dollar Tree proposal will also require a modest reduction on required parking from 50 to 47 vehicles. As he has done with other development projects, Shekarchi conducted the informational session to brief neighbors on the proposal before plans are formally presented to the city and hearings are scheduled. In such a manner, neighbors can have their questions answered in a less formal setting and concerns raised can be addressed in the ultimate plan.

Although the developers have been working with city planners for the last nine months, Shekarchi said he doesn’t expect they will be ready for Planning Board review until the Oct. 10 hearing. By then Shekarchi anticipates developers will have taken into consideration concerns over lighting, lot drainage and protective measures for a brook that runs along the back of the property, issues raised by Mr. and Mrs. James King, who live behind the site on Young Orchard Avenue. Other concerns brought up related to a loading dock, which will be on the side of the building rather than the back facing the neighborhood, hours of operation and the use of Atlantic Avenue by delivery trucks.

Principal Planner Trish Reynolds, who attended the informational session, said that Dollar Tree agreed to depart from its standard store to take into consideration neighbors to the rear of the property by giving the building more of a finished design rather than that of a featureless wall. She said developers were also receptive to positioning the building on the site so as to provide landscaping in the front and offer a side, rather than a Warwick Avenue entrance.

Developers said they hoped to gain required city approvals in order to start construction by March of next year.

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Justanidiot

woo woo master ticklepayers mayer, you have attracked a big fish to warwick! a dollar tree. wowser, peoples are going to be lining up to buy houses in this berg.

Thursday, September 6
richardcorrente

Warwick is replacing a gas station with a retail store. That's much better for the environment. I am in favor of it.

Happy September everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Thursday, September 6
SCOT63

justanidiot the name fits you well!!!!!

Thursday, September 6
Justanidiot

speeching about gas stations master mayer, when is youse going to get rid of the abadoned one on the corner of post and warwick. once it is gone, peoples will be buying up houses like nobodies bidness

Thursday, September 6
davebarry109

Warwick is attracting these low income stores. While I like dollartree, they are hardly high end stores. The north end around Lakewood is starting to resemble Washington Park in Providence. A dollartree will not increase home prices. We can do better than this.

Thursday, September 6
davebarry109

Mr. Corrente....it is not replacing a gas station. Hasn't been a gas station on that site for decades. It is a used car lot.

Thursday, September 6
richardcorrente

Dear Davebarry109,

My bad. I should have said "service station" since they did mechanics there.

Thanks for the correction.

Rick

Thursday, September 6
WwkVoter

I read that the discount stores are doing very well in the new retail landscape due to low price and instant buying. Higher end too where people want personal touch and to see the merchandise. It's the middle tier that is all going to Amazon. I dont see this location as having a high end shop. So yeah a dollar tree with convenience, a couple dozen jobs, and inventory and property tax revenue is an improvement.

Thursday, September 6
Justanidiot

Sorry Wwrkvoter, but if they do build a Dollar Tree here, they will shut the one down in the Shaw's Plaza and move the staff to the new location. It will just be another empty store front.

Friday, September 7
richardcorrente

Dear Justanidiot,

Actually there might soon be a new business at the corner of Post and Airport in the long-abandoned Mobil Gas station. A guy named Jeff Saleton purchased it and is looking for a tenant. Might be a great location for a Cumberland Farms, a fast-food restaurant or a coffee & donut shop. His Realtor tells me that there are a lot of inquiries so look forward to the new business. I will.

The primary is Wednesday, Sept. 12th. Everyone, please get out and vote. Thank you!

Happy September everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Friday, September 7
Justanidiot

wit a bwand new cumby;s right down the street on post, ja tink dis is gonna happen. do youse eben live in Warwick mayer? a faster food restaurant and a donot shoppe would be great. weese don't hab any of dem. or do we mayer. do youse eben know. and primary erection day is on tuesday, just like all election days. get out an vote on tuesday the 12th

Friday, September 7
richardcorrente

Dear Justanidiot,

Sure. Why not. Put a Cumby's on every corner. Born and raised in Cumberland Rhode Island they asked Rhode Island for a small tax break to build their new 1,000 employee headquarters and were turned down. Canton Mass. said "Yes!" and we lost that Rhode Island institution to our competing neighbor. Maybe if we treat them better we could attract them back. Maybe to Warwick.

Happy voting Justanidiot on WEDNESDAY Sept. 12th.

Happy voting on WEDNESDAY, September 12th everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Friday, September 7
Cat2222

Is this supposed to replace the current Dollar Tree that is just down the road in the Shaw's Plaza? There is also a Dollar Tree in Airport Plaza, one on Bald Hill Road, another across from Garden City These stores aren't like D&D. We don't need one on every corner.

Friday, September 7
Scal1024

Rick, so we should allow Cumberland Farms to build "on every corner" because they once had a headquarters here and then moved their offices to Canton, Mass? Its logic like this that really sums up the last 4 years of the Corrente campaign. Empty words, with little to no thought behind them. Rick looks on here for any article he can try to make about himself or turn into his very own campaign talking points. Whether it is your child's honor roll accomplishments, someone passing away, an article about community service or a local business being highlighted Rick Corrente can't help but make it about himself and his campaign. The problem is he's never stopped and asked voters what their concerns are. He just shows up spewing nonsense because in his mind "people don't like taxes and government wasting money" so he believes by stating he'd like to cut both, that's all he needs to earn your vote. He's never told anyone how other than saying "increase TTR" because again, in his mind, he believes if he says things like TTR (total tax revenue) voters will think he has a command on issues. How insulting! This is why he embarrassed himself on the 2016 debate stage, being outclassed by high school students.

This same ignorance and stupidity convinced Rick to lie about his own proven tax delinquency, and foreclosure. I have posted the public record of his car taxes while Crickee and Captain have posted his property tax history, civil court history as well as shared links/ sources to the information. Had Rick Corrente been honest in 2016, this wouldn't be an issue in 2018. Again, Rick thought he knew better and exposed himself as the total fraud that he is. He learned nothing from his last election thumping which he lost by a 2 to 1 margin

Rick Corrente knows on Wednesday, September 12th he will lose the Democratic Primary, possibly even finishing in 3rd or 4th place. This after spending over $40,000, running a campaign for 4 straight years and hanging illegal signs all over the city. If Rick could've been honest with voters and answered real questions maybe the outcome would be different. The reason he uses this website is because he's afraid to answer real questions in person. He picks and chooses what questions he answers because he has no idea what he's talking about. Warwick deserves better than Rick Corrente. Anyone who can lie repeatedly after being proven wrong is erratic, unstable, uninformed and ignorant.

Friday, September 7
CrickeeRaven

Thank you, Scal, for accurately summing up all of the defects in the make-believe mayor's candidacy that he has so willingly and repeatedly proven on this website.

I look forward to joining you and thousands of honest, taxpaying voters in overwhelmingly rejecting his candidacy again on Wednesday.

Friday, September 7
Thecaptain

FYI Mayor Dumbness,

Cumberland Farms corporate office is in Westboro MA. Recently relocated from Framingham. There are 2 more scheduled to be built in RI. How do I know that? Well, I am involved in both the projects as well as being involved in 14 other CF projects to date. Again, another example were the fake mayor fails with simple facts.

Saturday, September 8
Thecaptain

BTW,

There will be another Cumberland farms new project at the corner of Rt. 5 and Natick Rd. starting on Sept. 24.

Saturday, September 8
richardcorrente

Dear scal1024,

What's the matter Scal? Don't you want more businesses in Warwick? Or do you just want more taxes.

There are only two groups in Warwick. Those who PAY tax dollars. That's the thousands of voters that I meet every day. Scal, they are on my side 100%. Then, there is that second group. Those who RECEIVE tax dollars. The political insiders. They absolutely DON'T want me to get elected. Acting Mayor Solomon just catered to that second group. He slapped the taxpayers with the largest tax increase allowed by law, (except he lowered taxes on his own properties - see the tax assessors web site. His car dealership at 1129 West Shore Rd. is assessed for LESS THAN HE PAID FOR IT 29 YEARS AGO! I don't think there is another taxpayer in Warwick that can say that! Not even YOU!). Then he gave the money to the political insiders and bought their votes with the taxpayers money. You, I'm sure, were one of them. There is no other reason that you would want "More Taxes - More Spending".

If we had a law that said "Everyone has to vote". I would win in a landslide, but you and I know Scal, not ALL voters vote in the primary. Too bad. We have laws that make people pay mandatory fees and insurances like health insurance, car insurance, car taxes, unemployment insurance, car registrations, sales and income tax, sewer hook-ups, and workers comp insurance but we don't have a law that says "Vote for any candidate you want, but you HAVE to vote." Maybe we should. If we did, Warwick City Hall would represent how the majority of the citizens feel, instead of just the ones who come out in the primary. I sincerely hope every registered voter comes out to vote September 12th. Even you. Until then you anonymous coward of a critic..."Cut Taxes - Cut Spending". That one is just for you.

Happy primary Scal1024.

Happy primary everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Saturday, September 8
richardcorrente

Dear Readers,

Thecaptain, AKA Rob Cote is wrong...again.

Cumberland Farms originally moved their headquarters from Cumberland Rhode Island to Dedham Street in Canton Ma. where they remained for decades before then relocating to Framingham, then Westboro. I did a mortgage for their Senior Vice President, Frank Locklin, who started as a cashier for the company and rose to that top position. He lived on Shawomet Ave. here in Warwick. Sadly, that absolute class-act of a person, passed away.

Don't you wish, just once, that Cote would get his facts right?

Me too.

Everyone, please come out and vote on Wednesday, the 12th.

Thank you.

Happy primary everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Saturday, September 8
CrickeeRaven

Scal and Thecaptain, once again we see the make believe mayor succeed only in humiliating himself with every new comment.

I look forward to another humiliating defeat of his futile candidacy on Wednesday.

Sunday, September 9
Justanidiot

ya master mayer, those political insiders iz getting rich. look at does firemens and policemens and liberrians, and teachers taken and taken and taken monies from us tazpayers. eyes even saw a liberrian in a CAR going to PRICERITES to buy some fud. disgusting. gets a job hippie. thank goodsness youse in running for mayer and will stop all this reckless spending spending spending....

Monday, September 10
richardcorrente

Dear Justanidiot,

I have never read ONE of your comments without smiling. Thanks for that. Warwick needs more people like you.

Rick

Monday, September 10
Thecaptain

Once again the idiot Corrente spews more falsehoods stating that Solomon gave himself a tax break. He must think that everybody is as dumb as he is. The last re-val was done in 2016 under Avedisian. Solomon had nothing to do with the process. But if you were to be concerned with the numbers, you should look at the fake mayor's hero Camille Wilkinson. Long time Avedisian cronie. Her property went down thru all 3 evals during her tenure on the council. But Mayor dumbness wont say anything about that will he?

There are only 33 1/2 hours left until Corrente is once again completely humiliated with an overwhelming defeat. However, I'm sure his moronic banter will continue, his law suits with continue, his tax delinquencies will continue, and he will continue to make unrealistic comments on this site to the extent where the reader will unanimously decide that he should be institutionalized.

Being the one person that would have voted for anyone (even Charles Manson) to defeat Avedisian in 2016, I still in good conscience could not cast a vote for Corrente due to his complete lack of knowledge of city processes, zero knowledge on budgetary issues, total panderer, and incapable of performing the slightest bit of research. Not withstanding the constant lies and failure to acknowledge that he was a tax delinquent squatter for years. And then the one most overwhelming document that proved what his internal make up was is as follows:

From the court records:

" Further evidence that Plaintifff Corrente believed the order to be inequitable at its issuance is found in past court records from previous court appearances. The computation of Corrente's income has been the central focus of the past nine years of litigation.

Corrente has continually urged in past court appearances before different judges, that the Family Court's method of computing his income is inequitable because the court has not subtracted what he considers to be legitimate business expenses from his gross earnings. Appearing before Justice Michael Forte in the same matter on March 12, 1997, Justice Forte asks Corrente, "What's your annual income?" (Record, 3/12/97, page 12, line 7) Corrente responded , "Under $7000 per year, and I can prove that to you. My gross earnings is (sic) one issue. What I live off is a fraction of that, Yor Honor." (Record, 3/12/97, pg 12, lines 8-11) In the same court appearance, Justice Forte asked Corrente, "I'm asking you what your willing to pay temporarily until I can resolve this. If you're a good father - and I'm sure you're going to stand there and tell me that you are - then you're willing to pay something. How much?" (Record 3/12/97, pg 11, lines 8-13) Corrente responded - " I don't want to set a precedence (sic) Ten dollars a week is about what I can afford." (Record 3/12/97, pg 11, lines 14-16) to clarify Corrente's response, Justice Forte later asked,

The Court - "You're telling me, you can only pay ten dollars a week?"

Mr. Corrente - "Yes sir"

The Court - " You're telling me that on the record?"

Mr. Corrente - "Yes sir, I'll stand by that"

Mr. Watson - There is a W2 form that declares $40,000 in income in 1995

The Court - "What happened to that?"

Mr. Corrente - "Gross earnings, Your Honor, He's neglected to tell you the $25,000 that it cost me to make that, Your Honor."

The Court - " Well, we're going to have to wait. We'll deal with it at the hearing".

Mr. Corrente - "You cant look at gross receipts and consider them earnings, I wish you could."

In a court appearance before Justice Forte on January 28,1997, to determine his income for child support payments, Corrente stated on the record, "He (defendants attorney) does not know what my income is. All he know's is my gross receipts , and he's trying to manipulate this Court into believing that my gross receipts is my income." (Record, 1/28/97, pg 3 lines 22-25)

This small sample of on the record statements demonstrates plaintiff's concern with the court's computation of his income - specifically his contention that certain business and/or personal living expenses should be deducted from his gross earnings. It also shows the amount of money that Corrente believed he could afford to pay for child support: $10.00 per week. Corrente was aware at the time of the issuance of the May 27th court order that the court had not deducted the amounts from his gross earnings that he had wished. He was also aware the the court order stated he must pay $223.15 per week for child support payments: $213.15 more than he stated on the record he could afford. It is hard to imagine how this order could ever have been considered "equitable" by Corrente in light of his previous testimony. His statement on the may 27th record confirms this theory. "

Monday, September 10
Justanidiot

eyes tries to rights on yer level. sorry if ayes go over yer head mosto the time

Monday, September 10
Cat2222

How to tell that the primary is just hours away: RC commenting multiple times in just about every article.Got to make use of the free advertising while you can.

Monday, September 10
Justanidiot

Cat2222, he is running unopposed, isn't he? Why should he be spending money on a done deal?

Monday, September 10
Thecaptain

First of all, Corrente has been un-electable since day one due to his lack of knowledge, lack of research skills, lack of name recognition, lack of attracting media, lack of a fundamental realistic plan, his inability to stop pandering, his relentless use of the word "I", and his inability to accept when he makes provable false statements.

Even if the above was not true and/or relevant, the fact that he neglected to pay his property taxes and lost his house to tax sale at the same time he deposited $40,000 into his campaign account speaks volumes as to where his ethics lie in terms of primary responsibilities. Which again, was only bolstered by the following historical facts:

From the court records:

" Further evidence that Plaintifff Corrente believed the order to be inequitable at its issuance is found in past court records from previous court appearances. The computation of Corrente's income has been the central focus of the past nine years of litigation.

Corrente has continually urged in past court appearances before different judges, that the Family Court's method of computing his income is inequitable because the court has not subtracted what he considers to be legitimate business expenses from his gross earnings. Appearing before Justice Michael Forte in the same matter on March 12, 1997, Justice Forte asks Corrente, "What's your annual income?" (Record, 3/12/97, page 12, line 7) Corrente responded , "Under $7000 per year, and I can prove that to you. My gross earnings is (sic) one issue. What I live off is a fraction of that, Yor Honor." (Record, 3/12/97, pg 12, lines 8-11) In the same court appearance, Justice Forte asked Corrente, "I'm asking you what your willing to pay temporarily until I can resolve this. If you're a good father - and I'm sure you're going to stand there and tell me that you are - then you're willing to pay something. How much?" (Record 3/12/97, pg 11, lines 8-13) Corrente responded - " I don't want to set a precedence (sic) Ten dollars a week is about what I can afford." (Record 3/12/97, pg 11, lines 14-16) to clarify Corrente's response, Justice Forte later asked,

The Court - "You're telling me, you can only pay ten dollars a week?"

Mr. Corrente - "Yes sir"

The Court - " You're telling me that on the record?"

Mr. Corrente - "Yes sir, I'll stand by that"

Mr. Watson - There is a W2 form that declares $40,000 in income in 1995

The Court - "What happened to that?"

Mr. Corrente - "Gross earnings, Your Honor, He's neglected to tell you the $25,000 that it cost me to make that, Your Honor."

The Court - " Well, we're going to have to wait. We'll deal with it at the hearing".

Mr. Corrente - "You cant look at gross receipts and consider them earnings, I wish you could."

In a court appearance before Justice Forte on January 28,1997, to determine his income for child support payments, Corrente stated on the record, "He (defendants attorney) does not know what my income is. All he know's is my gross receipts , and he's trying to manipulate this Court into believing that my gross receipts is my income." (Record, 1/28/97, pg 3 lines 22-25)

This small sample of on the record statements demonstrates plaintiff's concern with the court's computation of his income - specifically his contention that certain business and/or personal living expenses should be deducted from his gross earnings. It also shows the amount of money that Corrente believed he could afford to pay for child support: $10.00 per week. Corrente was aware at the time of the issuance of the May 27th court order that the court had not deducted the amounts from his gross earnings thathe had wished. He was also aware the the court order stated he must pay $223.15 per week for child support payments: $213.15 more than he stated on the record he could afford. It is hard to imagine how this order could ever have been considered "equitable" by Corrente in light of his previous testimony. His statement on the may 27th record confirms this theory. "

Monday, September 10
CrickeeRaven

Hello again, Thecaptain.

Here's the Nov. 3, 2016 article in the Beacon that reported that the make-believe mayor had lost his former residence to tax sale. To quote: “Corrente continues to live in a house that was sold in a tax sale for taxes due the city.”

http://warwickonline.com/stories/mayors-race-hotter-than-usual,119296?

As you know, in spite of his own admission, the make-believe mayor continued to not only claim the opposite, but also claim his mortgage lender was to blame.

City records, accessible at the following website, show that three different parties have paid the property taxes on his former residence since 2015. Enter “177 Grand View” to see this information:

https://www.citizenselfservice.com/MSSProd/citizens/RealEstate/Default.aspx?mode=new

As you also know, he finally moved out of that residence within the last few months, meaning he did not "win the court case" against his mortgage lender -- or else he would have been allowed to stay in that residence.

Thanks for all your work over the last two years in presenting the truth about the failed 2016 candidate so that our honest, taxpaying neighbors understand his true character and feel justified in overwhelmingly rejecting his candidacy again on Wednesday.

Monday, September 10