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Mary MacDonald
Mary MacDonald joined the Providence Business News as a staff writer covering Government, Development, Real Estate and Manufacturing in December 2014. She previously was a correspondent for The Boston Globe and Telegram & Gazette, an editor at Patch/AOL, and a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in secondary English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
NO SURPRISES: Justin Gallant is the owner of J.E. Group Properties in South Kingstown, a real estate company that is selling homes by a flat fee, rather than commission. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Brokerage’s flat fee boosts home sales

The road to a career in real estate started with the end of pizza. After 18 years of owning several pizza restaurants in Rhode...

Hodnett named president of Lila Delman Real Estate

NARRAGANSETT – John Hodnett, the principal broker of Lila Delman Real Estate, has been named president of the real estate company following the death...

Five Questions With: Joseph R. Paolino Jr.

The renovation of the Case-Mead Building in downtown Providence was among several projects named last week in the 2018 Rhody Awards. The awards, bestowed...

Brown University to rename prominent building for first black graduates

PROVIDENCE – One of the most visited buildings on the Brown University campus will be renamed Page-Robinson Hall, to recognize Inman Edward Page and...

Construction begins on new apartment building in Jewelry District

PROVIDENCE – A groundbreaking ceremony for Chestnut Commons was held recently, signaling the beginning of construction on the $33 million project.The mixed-use development will...

Historical home on East Side of Providence sells for $1.6M

PROVIDENCE – A renovated historical home at 508 Cole Ave. sold in late September for $1.6 million, according to Residential Properties Ltd., whose Greene|Sweeney...
A medical services building in East Providence sold recently for more than $20 million.//COURTESY BROWN MEDICINE.

East Providence medical services building sold for $20.3M

EAST PROVIDENCE – A medical services building at 375 Wampanoag Trail has been sold for $20.3 million, according to Barrington-based Link Real Estate, which...
SENATE PRESIDENT Dominick J. Ruggerio, shown in senate chambers, has said he will introduce a bill to restore more development power to the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission. / PBN FILE PHOTO MICHAEL SALERNO

Ruggerio proposes more power for I-195 commission over development decisions

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, who introduced the original legislation that created the Interstate 195 District Commission, said Monday he would...
COLLETE TRAVEL SERVICE is being considered for $1.3 million under the Qualified Jobs incentive program by the R.I. Commerce Corp. to create 50 higher-paid positions in Rhode Island.

Collette seeks $1.3M in state job creation incentives for employment expansion

PAWTUCKET – Collette Travel Service Inc. plans to create 50 jobs with salaries that exceed the state’s median by 2021, according to a R.I....
DENSELY POPULATED: The Fox Point neighborhood on the East Side of Providence is filled with 18th- and 19th-century structures, and a mix of other buildings. In recent months, three new apartment buildings have started construction, two of them replacing much older buildings, including one at 298 Wickenden St.

Fox Point residents concerned about infill construction displacing long-term renters

After years of inactivity, new residential construction has made inroads into city neighborhoods in Providence. Lot by lot, older houses or vacant parcels are...
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