- Associated Press - Thursday, January 12, 2017

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - North Providence’s planning board has passed a preliminary plan to build a $30-million public-safety complex that would house the traffic court and most of the town’s police and fire operations.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2iijsFz ) the plan for the 52,000-square-foot building was approved Wednesday night. The building would have a basement for storage and two parking lots.

Mayor Charles Lombardi says the municipal court would meet in the building twice a month at night.

Documents provided by the Department of Justice indicate that the facility would be paid for using money secured from a Google federal forfeiture case in 2011.

Project officials plan to meet with the state Department of Environmental Management and the state Department of Transportation for water permits.

A public hearing is also planned.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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