Patriarca, the Saudis, and the Atwells tower

Tidbits on Frank Zammiello, the developer.  First, his connections to the New England mob:

The project is the brainchild of Frank Zammiello, who rose from a start as an Olneyville electrician to head a powerful real estate company and now splits his time between Providence and Florida. Zammiello has developed the Bridlewood Estates in Lincoln and a 438-unit condo project in Highland Beach, Fla., among others, and owns Northstar Aviation Fueling, at T.F. Green Airport.

In 1986, Zammiello and his family pledged more than $6 million to secure a pretrial release for New England mob boss Raymond J. “Junior” Patriarca, when he was facing racketeering charges. Zammiello and Patriarca had worked together on real estate deals.

Zammiello also owns Camille’s restaurant, formerly Camille’s Roman Garden, which he purchased in 2001.

Second, his connections to 9-11 and the Saudi royals:

The owner of one of the air charter companies involved in the airlift of Saudi Royals and bin Laden family members out of the U.S. after the 9/11 attack has been identified in numerous published reports as a business partner and “close associate” of New England Mob Boss Raymond J. (Junior) Patriarca, the MadCowMorningNews has learned.

Frank Zammiello’s Northstar Aviation in Warrick R. I. flew four Saudis, including a Saudi Sheikh (name unfortunately redacted) on a flight which left Providence R.I. September 14, 2001 and flew to Paris.

So, for better or worse, the project looks pretty hard-wired and ready to go…

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