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Providence to move VIN station after council complaints

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Providence to move VIN station after council complaints

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Elorza administration has agreed to close the city’s dilapidated Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspection station on Ernest Street by the end of the month after a group of City Council members raised concerns about the conditions of the building.

Michael Borg, the director of public property, told the City Council Special Committee on Public Safety Wednesday the VIN station will likely be moved to the parking garage at the public safety complex by April 1. Borg committed to moving other employees and equipment in the building at 34-60 Ernest Street within two weeks.

Borg’s announcement came after the committee called on the city to close Ernest Street building, citing deplorable conditions that included not having a working bathroom at times in recent months.

“I think we’ve come a long way in a month,” Councilman James Taylor (D-Ward 8), the chairman of the committee, said.

The Ernest Street building housed only three full-time city employees  – two at the VIN station and one assigned to the Department of Public Works – but dozens of workers used the facility at different times during the week. The building also houses DPW equipment and cables for the telecommunications department.

Councilman Michael Correia (D-Ward 6), who serves as vice chair of the committee, said he’s hopeful the city will move to demolish the Ernest Street building altogether. He said he was pleased to see the administration and the council working together.

“It sounds like we have a plan,” Correia said. “Now what we need to do is start implementing it.”

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Dan McGowan ( dmcgowan@wpri.com ) covers politics, education and the city of Providence for WPRI.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @danmcgowan 

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