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Voters will decide on glass company TIF; Special town meeting Tuesday.

Byline: Donna Boynton

NORTHBRIDGE -- Voters will be asked Tuesday night at a special town meeting to approve a tax increment financing plan for a Rhode Island glass fabrication company looking to relocate to a Douglas Road warehouse.

The special town meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in Middle School Auditorium on Linwood Avenue, also has three other articles on the warrant, each of them looking to cover repair costs for school capital project that have been completed.

WGM Fabricators LLC, commonly known as Woonsocket Glass Fabricators, has purchased property at 369 Douglas Road, a 25,000 square-foot building that the company is planning to add an 8,800 square-foot addition. The tax increment financing plan only applies to the 8,800 square foot expansion.

The glass company is currently located at 500 Pond St. in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Founded in 1946 as Woonsocket Glass and Mirror, the company supplied automotive, decorative and storefront glass. In 2013, the company became WGM Fabricators LLC, and makes glass for entrances, railings, walls. commercial glass doors, shower enclosures and mirrors.

The town has worked with the company to draft a five-year tax increment financing plan that would give the company a tax break on the new addition, starting at 50 percent, and decreasing 5 percent each year until the end of the agreement. The details of the agreement will be available at the special town meeting

Also on the warrant are three articles from the School Department asking voters to transfer available money from free cash or the stabilization fund to cover costs incurred with previously completed projects.

The School Department is seeking: $36,800 for repairs made to the kitchen at the Balmer School; $28,940 for the replaced air-cooled condensing units at the Middle School; and $24,288 for the two make-up air units that were replaced in the Middle School Locker Room.

The Northbridge public schools announced Sunday that teachers and staff are volunteering their time to provide child care in the Middle School cafeteria during the special town meeting.

Contact Donna Boynton at Donna.Boynton@telegram.com or follow her on Twitter @DonnaBoyntonTG

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Date:Feb 23, 2015
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