East Providence neighbors concerned about mattress business

By Ana Bottary



East Providence resident, Ken Schneider, has seen a variety of different businesses come and go from Phillips Landing; however, he fears the latest business, Mattress Express, could affect the communities well-being.
"What’s in theses beds? How long have they been around?" asks Schneider, concerned the with company, which takes apart old mattresses.

Neighbor, Corliss Blanchard, has similar thoughts about possible health concerns, such as if the mattresses have bed bugs.
"These mattresses are probably very contaminated. They’ll be taking them apart. We don’t know really how the procedure is," says Blanchard.

Blanchard says in the past month she’s seen a big increase in the amount truck traffic traveling the neighborhood’s narrow roads.

Attorney Dylan Conley represents Bourne Holdings LLC., the company that owns the building where Mattress Express is located.

Conley says the mattresses are bug-bombed before reaching and entering the business, and that the business is not a recycling operation, which the city has dealt with in the past.
"That process usually uses burning and melting chemicals grinding causes pollution. A lot of the noises that the neighbors are concerned about up-cycling doesn’t do this at all, we just separate the product into component parts and re-ship them out," says Conley.

Bourne Holdings LLC is currently operating under a flex-tech use, which is light manufacturing. Now, they’re applying for a zoning determination for conditional use, and to get it, they have to prove to the East Providence Waterfront District Commission that the use of this building does not deter the health and safety of the neighborhood.

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