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City of Pawtucket Releases the 2021 Calendar.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your patience and support as the community pulls together through these unprecedented times. Pawtucket is strong and proud because of each of you.
As we begin the new year, my family and I would like to wish you a healthy and prosperous 2021. After a 2020 that no one could anticipate, we look forward to beginning a new year and are excited about Pawtucket’s future.
This past year brought about a lot of uncertainty because of the Coronavirus pandemic, but also once again showed the strength and determination of you, our residents. Our community partners stepped up and we were able to provide the residents with the necessary services during the pandemic through the BEAT COVID-19 initiative and hotline. We are thankful for the compassion that people and businesses have shown one another in a very difficult time and are grateful for such strong community contribution.
Our City continues to, and will always, welcome new and returning residents to our diverse community. With the incoming Commuter Rail Station and many new residential and retail projects ongoing, we always strive to continue moving Pawtucket forward. New projects like the $44 million Dexter Street Commons on 71 Dexter Street are a testament of the boundless possibilities for developers interested in Pawtucket.
New and exciting things are coming to Pawtucket in 2021, including the continuation of Tidewater Landing. The City was excited to announce the largest economic investment project in Pawtucket’s history! Tidewater Landing is a $300 million economic development project proposed by Fortuitous Partners. This project will transform Pawtucket’s riverfront with hundreds of thousands of square feet of new development, including a new professional soccer team that will compete in the USL Championship League. Thanks to the leadership of the City Council, the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency, Fortuitous, CommerceRI, and so many others, we continue taking great strides toward the fruition of this game changing project.
Our goal is to provide superior quality of life for our residents. The City continues to invest in our quality of life. Amid ongoing national issues, the City announced the creation of the Mayor’s Community Board in order to encourage a more cohesive environment for all citizens and visitors to the City of Pawtucket by promoting the values of diversity and inclusivity. We have also doubled down on zoning services to address neighborhood issues by reestablishing the Neighborhood Task Force Program.
This past year, our students have overcome some amazing obstacles. They learned to adapt and adjust to online classes being taught at home. Our resilient students have always deserved the very best. Building on the fully renovated Nathanael Greene and Potter Burns Elementary Schools and work done on all of our buildings, we continue to work on the complete rebuild of Henry Winters Elementary.
With all of the ongoing projects, the City remains committed to continuing the implementation of fiscally responsible best practices that have allowed us to invest in our quality of life, infrastructure, and education. My administration, the City Council, and the School Committee will continue to prioritize fiscal responsibility and focus on our taxpayers’ ability to pay, as we did when we passed a no-tax-increase budget despite the ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic.
In conclusion, I wish to thank our generous calendar sponsors who, once again, allow us to present you with the 2021 City of Pawtucket Calendar. This calendar provides a wealth of information on scheduled events, how to contact your elected officials, the many services available to you and much, much more.
The City looks forward to continuing the Mayor’s Community meetings throughout each district as we have done every year once we are able to do so safely. I hope to see you there when the dates are set!
I wish you and your family all the best and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2021.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien
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- Mayor Donald R. Grebien