Office of the Mayor

WOONSOCKET, RHODE ISLAND

 

Mayor Baldelli-Hunt Announces Demolition

Start Date of Former Ho Kong Restaurant as

Cass Park Expansion Project Progresses

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I.: Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced today that demolition of the former Ho Kong Restaurant, now city-owned, will start Monday, August 28th, and be completed by the end of that week. The 1.37-acre property will provide Cass Park with a Cumberland Hill Road entrance and exit and allow expanded parking to meet the anticipated demand for the new facilities that the Cass Park expansion will provide.

The City of Woonsocket bought the property in 2022 using a $312,500 grant from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and ARPA funds. The City removed asbestos from the property before scheduling the demolition.

Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt stated, "This property is important to our Cass Park expansion initiative. It will connect Cass Park to Cumberland Hill Road and increase our parking capacity to make it easier for our residents to access all park features." The Mayor added, "Removing the property’s impervious asphalt and planting native vegetation and trees will beautify the area and reduce the amount of stormwater runoff into Sylvestre Pond."

The Cass Park expansion initiative will bring a new state-of-the-art football field, track, and multipurpose recreation/community center to Woonsockets premier park. Recently, the city upgraded Park facilities with new basketball courts, a new womans softball field, new playground equipment, new picnic tables, and trash receptacles, and an enlarged and reconstructed parking lot, along with multiple improvements along Cass Pond.

 

 

The Biden administration is announcing over seven-billion dollars student loan forgiveness. The debt relief includes over five-billion dollars for those pursuing Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and about two-billion for students enrolled in income-driven repayment plans. The Biden administration has so far forgiven about 167-billion dollars in student aid.       Multiple tornado deaths are being reported in Iowa. The Iowa State Patrol says numerous fatalities have been confirmed in the town of Greenfield, but that the exact number isn't expected to be released until later today. Police say about a dozen other people were injured and that search efforts are ongoing.        Fulton County District Attorney Fani [[ Fahn-ee ]] Willis emerged victorious in her Georgia Democratic primary. Willis is handling the election interference case against former President Trump. The judge overseeing the Trump case, Scott McAfee, was also projected to win his race.        A new lawsuit accuses former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of using excessive force in the arrest of two individuals in 2020, months before he killed George Floyd while also trying to make an arrest. The lawsuit goes on to accuse a second officer of failure to intervene at the time. The police bodycam footage of the arrest was made public on Tuesday.        A hearing is set for today in Memphis on a claim by Elvis Presley's granddaughter that the upcoming foreclosure sale of Graceland is a fraudulent scheme. In a lawsuit filed this week, Riley Keough alleges that the creditor's paperwork on a three-point-eight-million-dollar loan to Graceland is fraudulent, and that the signatures are forged.        The Boston Celtics toppled the Indiana Pacers 133-128 in overtime in Game One of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Jayson Tatum led the charge with 36 points and 12 rebounds to help the Celtics take a 1-0 series lead. The two teams will return to the hardwood for Game Two on Thursday in Boston. The Western Conference Finals begin today with the Minnesota Timberwolves playing host to the Dallas Mavericks.