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PROPOSED: Blackstone Valley Courthouse

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Lincoln Town Council Member Keith Macksoud shocked the audience at last night's meeting by saying that there may be alternative sites to a proposed Blackstone Valley courthouse.

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Construction of the proposed $71-million Blackstone Valley Courthouse will be postponed for a year and commence in fiscal year 2010.

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Chief justice scraps Lincoln courthouse plan

The proposed Blackstone Valley Courthouse will not be built in Lincoln, where residents and town officials argued it was inappropriate and unwelcome.

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New courthouse finds home in Smithfield

Construction on the two-story, 187,000-square-foot building could begin a year from July if the plan is approved by the General Assembly, which had already signed off on a similar project in Lincoln.

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Editorial: Judicious delay

It is encouraging news that Chief Justice Frank Williams and the leaders of the Rhode Island General Assembly have backed off from building a new $71 million courthouse of dubious necessity in the middle of a financial crisis.

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I fail to see the need for a new courthouse. The new Kent County Courthouse is beautiful and convenient, but Providence County doesn't need a new courthouse. Transferring cases out to a court in Smithfield would be an added burden on the lawyers (myself included) who maintain their offices in Providence/Pawtucket etc. and their clients. I don't find the current Superior/Supreme Court building to be overcrowded or inconvenient. Parking isn't ideal, but it exists.

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A Senate resolution to move the proposed site of the Blackstone Valley Courthouse from Lincoln to Smithfield and prepare for construction in the budget year beginning July, 2009 won unanimous passage in the Senate Wednesday.

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House OKs municipal court plan

The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill submitted by Sen. John J. Tassoni Jr., D-Smithfield, North Smithfield, which would let the town establish such a court.

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Governor vetoes courthouse construction bill

Governor Carcieri has vetoed legislation pledging $88 million to the construction of a new Blackstone Valley courthouse.

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