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Council OKs re-use of mill, growth center plan

June 23, 2012

The City Council on Wednesday gave first passage to a zoning overlay that will allow for the American Insulated Wire complex at 413 Central Ave. to be reused as rental housing with commercial space on the ground floor.

PAWTUCKET — A zoning change that will allow for the re-use of the American Insulated Wire complex for residential apartments and commercial enterprises was given first passage by the City Council at Wednesday night's meeting.
The amendment to the city's zoning map will be done by an overlay pertaining only to the 6-acre parcel of land at 413 Central Ave. that is the site of the former American Insulated Wire company. A developer wants to turn the mill buildings on the property into one- and two-bedroom rental units, while the ground floor will be leased to commercial tenants.
The project, called the American Wire Mills, will be a joint development between Brady Sullivan Properties and Starr Development, based out of Manchester, New Hampshire. The same partnership was behind the successful redevelopment of the Slater Cotton Mill that has also been turned into market-rate apartments.

See complete story in Saturday's print edition.

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