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News & Notes: Local Edition American Tourister factory up for sale

WARREN – The sprawling Warren Manufacturing property, which covers 14 acres of prime waterfront land in the north end, is for sale.

MMF Realty, which owns the so-called American Tourister site and operates Monarch Industries there, is working with Boston-based Realtor Grubb and Ellis to find a buyer or lessee willing and able to take over the property. It was listed for sale last Friday on, a commercial real estate site, and though it’s been less than a week since it went on the market, broker Anthony Caner, said there’s already a buzz.

The Providence Journal: The perils of Atwells Ave.

The 37-page report, released Thursday, recommends additional crosswalks at Bradford, Bond, Messenger and Vinton streets. Crosswalks should be repainted with multiple thick, visible lines. The consultants also recommend prohibiting parking within 25 feet of a crosswalk, and requiring valet parkers to wear reflective clothing.

In addition, the firm suggests narrowing the driving lanes. There are two 14-foot-wide travel lanes and two, 8-foot-wide parking lanes along Atwells, with sidewalks on both sides. Reducing the lanes to 11 or 12 feet would force drivers to slow down and give those who are parking a buffer to get in and out of their cars.

The consultants say further study should be done on signs and lighting along the busy street.

Yes, pretty much what I said back in November. I’m sure my consulting fee is considerably cheaper.

WPRI – Ted Nesi: [Houston, we have a Chafee (and friends)]

The [Texas Medical Center], located in Texas’s biggest city, is the largest concentration of medical assets in the world. Home to 14 top hospitals – including the facility where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is being rehabilitated – the TMC boasts the top-ranked cancer center in the U.S., a fleet of educational institutions in health-related fields and partnerships with Rice University and the University of Houston. All the institutions affiliated with the center are nonprofit.

Officials here hope Providence’s Knowledge District has the beginnings of a similar nexus. Brown University has broken ground on a new medical school campus there. It’s ground zero for innovative research in the biosciences. And Rhode Island’s congressional delegation has worked to secure federal funds for future infrastructure improvements, including a streetcar system and a cyberoptic network.

Brown University: Video: The Granoff Center

The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts was officially dedicated on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, with a ceremony celebrating the arts at Brown.

The Providence Journal: Providence owner removed from ledge, home demolished

The Riccis [R & P Construction and Demolition, of Johnston] said they walked through the house to ensure that no people or animals were inside before the demolition began. Once the house was completely knocked down, they said, they would “suit up” and walk through the debris to remove any hazardous materials.

And asbestos abatement was done when???

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Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.

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