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Canning Boulevard improvement project heading toward the home stretch – News – The Herald News, Fall River, MA

FALL RIVER – Hang tight, all you drivers heading north on William S. Canning Boulevard en route to SouthCoast Marketplace.

It won’t be long before your final approach to the popular shopping center in the city’s far South End becomes easier and safer.

Preliminary work is now underway to construct a slip ramp, also known in the parlance of road construction as either a slip lane or slip road.

“It will alleviate congestion and improve access to SouthCoast Marketplace,” said Paul Ferland, who oversees Fall River’s sewer and water divisions in his role as the city’s community utilities administrator.

Ferland says the new ramp, or lane, will sit parallel to the shopping center’s main entrance-and-exit road and will run adjacent to the Santander Bank branch.

The new road will be functional before the arrival of Thanksgiving on Nov. 26, he said.

Ferland said northbound and southbound drivers exiting nearby Route 24 will appreciate the road addition, as will people driving in from Tiverton and down the Canning Boulevard/Route 81 hill from the Stafford Road rotary.

The new entrance road will eliminate the need for northbound traffic to swerve into the right-hand lane to enter the shopping center — which in turn should create a more orderly and safer two-lane path for drivers heading past SouthCoast Marketplace.

“I know a lot of people will be happy when this is done,” said John Perry, director of the city’s Department of Community Maintenance.

Ferland said the state’s Department of Transportation has approved plans and designs for two new, large traffic signal lights to be installed at the intersection in front of SouthCoast Marketplace.

He says synchronization of the lights will be fine-tuned to create a more orderly flow of traffic from various turn lanes.

Another road improvement soon to be undertaken will be

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EU plans big building renovation project to save energy

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is announcing a major building renovation project this week seeking to cut down energy costs and polluting emissions while providing a big boost to the construction industry.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Monday that the 27-nation bloc “must speed up” the pace of renovations if it is to meet climate change targets and said most efforts will go to schools, hospitals and social housing.

The bloc is littered with buildings that fail to contain heat in winter and cannot keep people cool in summer, creating massive energy bills that sap local budgets but also pollute cities and the atmosphere.

“Our buildings are responsible for 40% of our energy consumption,” said von der Leyen. And even though many buildings have or are being renovated, “at the current pace, it would take more than a century to bring emissions from our buildings to zero.”

The public funding of such projects would also help offset the massive damage that the coronavirus pandemic has done to the bloc’s economy. Some of the financial aid involved is set to come from the 750 billion-euro recovery fund backed by EU leaders over the summer.

The European Union has set a target to renovate 3% of government buildings each year, but because of poor monitoring some studies suggest this target is far from being met.

Last month, Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson stressed the need for renovations to meet the bloc’s target of climate neutrality and said the rate of renovations must now double. He stressed that more than a third of the bloc’s emissions come from buildings, through heating and air-conditioning.

The official announcement of the plans is set for Wednesday.

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How to Incorporate Glass Into a Kitchen Remodel Project

Oak City Glass, a small family-owned business serving the metro Raleigh area, focuses on providing customers with high-quality products, services, and support when installing residential and commercial glass and fulfilling remodeling needs.

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Glass is a versatile building material with many applications for every setting and price point. For homeowners desiring to incorporate the design element into a kitchen or bathroom remodel, there are many options to choose from. Oak City Glass offers three simple tips to enhance a kitchen remodel using glass as a design element.

Design Tip: Indoor picnic atmosphere with glass panels for a sun-filled kitchen area

Let the sun shine in through glass panels to create an open, airy indoor living space centered around a spacious kitchen table. Recent events have caused lifestyles to shift to a more home-centered emphasis than in past decades. School, business, and recreation now take place in the great room or dining area around the kitchen table or work area.

Removing traditional windows, enlarging the existing spaces, and filling the areas with any number of glass options to fit any budget can provide ample amounts of sunlight and vitamin D without compromising energy efficiency or breaking the remodeling budget. Some employers will reimburse employees who make renovations to their homes to accommodate work-from-home employment. The design team at Oak City Glass can take an idea and bring it to life.

Design Tip: Glass tabletop

A glass tabletop may give some homeowners pause, but it offers many advantages. A glass tabletop is an affordable option to add space and depth to a kitchen or work area. A glass tabletop lends a casual, relaxed atmosphere to work, virtual school, or play. The surface is easy to clean and adds an elegant dimension to the kitchen. A tempered glass product is sturdy and safe. Consult

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Canning Boulevard improvement project heading toward the home stretch – News – Wicked Local

FALL RIVER – Hang tight, all you drivers heading north on William S. Canning Boulevard en route to SouthCoast Marketplace.

It won’t be long before your final approach to the popular shopping center in the city’s far South End becomes easier and safer.

Preliminary work is now underway to construct a slip ramp, also known in the parlance of road construction as either a slip lane or slip road.

“It will alleviate congestion and improve access to SouthCoast Marketplace,” said Paul Ferland, who oversees Fall River’s sewer and water divisions in his role as the city’s community utilities administrator.

Ferland says the new ramp, or lane, will sit parallel to the shopping center’s main entrance-and-exit road and will run adjacent to the Santander Bank branch.

The new road will be functional before the arrival of Thanksgiving on Nov. 26, he said.

Ferland said northbound and southbound drivers exiting nearby Route 24 will appreciate the road addition, as will people driving in from Tiverton and down the Canning Boulevard/Route 81 hill from the Stafford Road rotary.

The new entrance road will eliminate the need for northbound traffic to swerve into the right-hand lane to enter the shopping center — which in turn should create a more orderly and safer two-lane path for drivers heading past SouthCoast Marketplace.

“I know a lot of people will be happy when this is done,” said John Perry, director of the city’s Department of Community Maintenance.

Ferland said the state’s Department of Transportation has approved plans and designs for two new, large traffic signal lights to be installed at the intersection in front of SouthCoast Marketplace.

He says synchronization of the lights will be fine-tuned to create a more orderly flow of traffic from various turn lanes.

Another road improvement soon to be undertaken will be

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NeighborWorks plans new Boise affordable housing. Recent project had homes in low $200,000s

A Boise nonprofit that has created several pocket neighborhoods with affordable housing has plans for its most visible development yet.

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NeighborWorks Boise is looking to build 39 single-family homes — seven detached and 32 attached residences — at the southwest corner of the old Cole Elementary School property, located at Cole and Fairview roads. The project, known as ColeBluff Cottages, would features homes with one to three stories, two to four bedrooms, and square footage between 816 and 1,998.

Each home would have two to four bedrooms and be 816 square feet to 1,998 square feet. Plans for the complex include 16 garages and 55 parking spaces — 25 covered and 30 uncovered.

“We are really excited about this project and to the degree we can honor the site with some our our architecture and different features, remembering what was once there,” Neighborworks CEO Bud Compher told the Boise City Council on Tuesday.

The council unanimously approved a preliminary plat. It will need to go through a design review before construction can begin.

“I appreciate you guys coming forward with this development,” Council President Elaine Clegg told Compher before the vote. “It’s been a tough site, and this seems to meet not just the conditions of the development agreement, but much of what the neighborhood asked for.”

To create a sense of community, the homes would open to two central courtyards, and there would be two pergolas, raised garden beds and walking paths.

NeighborWorks owns 283 multifamily units for low-income families. It has also developed four pocket neighborhood projects in Garden City and two in Boise. A fifth Garden City project is being built now.

Pocket neighborhoods look to move residents closer to where they work and play. They also attempt to design the housing so that neighbors

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