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City Council to review tax stabilization agreements for developments that will bring more than $20M in investment to Wanskuck

Last night, the Providence City Council’s Committee on Finance approved two Tax Stabilization Agreements (TSAs) that would transform the Fourth Ward, clearing the way for the full Council to review the agreements, which would bring a combined $20 million in private investment to the City’s Wanskuck neighborhood. The properties, located at 745 Branch Avenue (Wanskuck Mill) and 145 Corliss Street, will create 300 temporary construction jobs and an additional 125 permanent jobs once the buildings are completed.

Councilman Nicholas J. Narducci has previously testified at public hearings held regarding these TSAs and has been a staunch advocate for their passage, stating that they would greatly improve the neighborhood he has served for the past 12 years.

“The North End has been a community on the rise and these developments are proof of that,” stated City Council Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. “These two projects will bring much-needed new affordable housing stock to our city, as well as new opportunities for business development to the Ward, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I have met with the developers and their vision for the neighborhood is one I fully endorse.”

“For many years, I have been urging for more investment in the Wanskuck neighborhood, which has long been underutilized,” said Council President David A. Salvatore, whose ward includes parts of Wanskuck. “This is a neighborhood that will benefit greatly from revitalization efforts, and our entire city will benefit for the hundreds of jobs created by these developments.”

Wanskuck Mill is located at 725, 726, 715, and 745 Branch Avenue and is owned by Branch Holdings, LLC, and currently has 60 apartment units. The project would include an additional 150 reasonably priced apartments ranging from $1,100 to $1,400 per month in rent. The project would also include the addition of commercial space in the property that would potentially include restaurant, retail and/or office space.

Providence 2017, LLC plans to transform an empty lot at 145 Corliss Street into a self-storage facility which would include 863 storage units.

The full Council will review these TSAs and vote on them for a first time at the November 1, 2018 City Council meeting.


It is ironic that individuals who sat idly by while colleagues used their City Council and campaign accounts as personal piggy banks suddenly feel the need to spring into action. There are members of the City Council who support a culture of corruption, and they owe the residents of Providence an explanation and an apology. 

I should not have raised my voice to Councilwoman Castillo. However, I will not apologize for feeling passionately that women and minorities should have a much greater stake in our city's business dealings. I am disgusted that my colleagues would rather take cheap shots at me instead of taking action on important issues 

Last night, I told Councilwomen Matos, Ryan and Castillo that they were playing politics, and they should be ashamed. I stand by that. We all, as elected officials, should be embarrassed that in a majority-minority city, where women make up approximately half the population, participation by minority- and women-owned businesses in city dealings is a paltry two percent.

I think we can see this for what it really is: a thinly veiled political attack and power grab. The false outrage generated by some political opponents is insincere and overwrought. The same councilors criticizing me for my tone also stood by and supported those under criminal indictment. The political motivation behind their exaggerated outrage is transparent. I will continue to advocate for this critical issue. 

Councilwoman Matos owes the residents of Providence an apology for her failure to take any action when she saw corruption happening in the City Council, and for continuing to support the people she knows are corrupt. Where were her calls for apologies when her cronies, Councilmen Aponte and Jackson, were under criminal indictment? When one of them pleaded guilty and is now facing jail time, or when they racked up tens of thousands of dollars in campaign fines? Where was her leadership when it mattered?


David A. Salvatore, City Council President - Councilman, Ward 14 


I serve in several capacities, and one of them is as a member of the Committee on Ordinances.  At our last meeting, held on Monday, October 15, 2018, we were reviewing proposed amendments to an existing ordinance. This ordinance would ensure that the City of Providence would make a more concerted effort to work with more women and minority-owned businesses.  

During the review process, the attorney from the City Solicitors Office raised concerns that they had received the proposed changes earlier that day and hadn’t had adequate time to review them.  I take my responsibility very seriously and felt that we should honor their request to do their due diligence. That is why my colleagues and I all agreed to continue this item until Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (our next scheduled meeting).  

No one is more invested in encouraging our City departments to do more business with minority and women-owned businesses than Councilwoman Castillo and me.  As women, we both have a vested interest in pushing this ordinance forward. We just want it to be one that works.   

As elected officials, we are called upon to make the right decisions for our City, and sometimes that takes time.  That’s why it was such a shock to have the President of the City Council react in this manner when we were only delaying the discussion by a week.  

Finally, Council President Salvatore’s impertinent remarks directed to Councilwoman Castillo and me after the meeting were regrettable. It was a poor display and behavior unbecoming the Office of the Council President.  He should know better, and frankly, we deserve better. 


Jo-Ann Ryan, Providence City Council Majority Whip


I was disappointed and deeply offended to learn of Council President Salvatore's outbursts and disrespectful verbal assault towards two of my colleagues.  The unfortunate irony is that Council President Salvatore berated them for “not supporting women.” Is this how he supports women?

This behavior is unacceptable regardless of the circumstances, even more so when dealing with two Councilwomen. We must have zero tolerance for this type of abusive and bullying behavior demonstrated by Council President Salvatore. 

Council President Salvatore needs to issue a public apology immediately and enroll in anger management and sensitivity training, which would be required of any city employee who engaged in such abhorrent behavior. 


Sabina Matos, Council President Pro Tempore