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June 18, 2018

National park plans remain in infancy


February 16, 2015

After years of talk, planning and incremental phases of development, the historic Blackstone Valley appears headed toward national fame as a National Park, telling the story of the American Industrial Revolution and the immigration that helped fuel it.

But while President Barack Obama signed federal legislation creating the national heritage park, exactly what that higher designation will bring to the National Heritage Corridor, created by Congress in 1986, is still percolating and not ready to be poured into a final form.

“There is going to be a national park, but we don’t know yet what it will be. Its boundaries have yet to be established, and the National Park Service has to set up a management plan,” Charlene Cutler, executive director of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, said of the development work still pending for the new park.
The planning process of what the new park will offer and look like in the future is just getting started, Cutler noted, and there will be a series of meetings beginning in the near future to discuss those options.

“It is very important for everyone to stay involved and participate in the stakeholder meetings,” she said.

Full story appears on Page A1 of Tuesday’s Call and Tuesday’s Times.

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National park plans remain in infancy

Nonprofit given $1M in historic tax credits to redevelop Island Machine mill


December 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The state Division of Taxation has awarded a nonprofit development agency more than $1 million worth of historic tax credits as part of a proposed $6.2 million makeover of the onetime Island Machine Company at 15 Island Place.

Joseph Garlick, executive director of NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, says the 50,000-square-foot, three-story rubblestone mill will be converted into a half-dozen “live-work spaces” for artists on the upper stories, with office space on the ground floor.

The project is the first in the city to win historic tax credits under a 2013 act of the state legislature that resurrected the program after a lengthy hiatus. The Division of Taxation awarded packages of up to $5 million worth of tax credits by lottery during an initial round of disbursements after the program was rekindled. Garlick said NeighborWorks was not among the initial 30 lottery winners, but not all of those chosen were able to meet the eligibility criteria.

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Nonprofit given $1M in historic tax credits to redevelop Island Machine mill