Former Providence Center housing proposed for redevelopment

A RENDERING SHOWS the layout of a proposed redevelopment of a former boarding house in the Hope neighborhood of Providence owned by The Providence Center to residential units. / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE

PROVIDENCE – A former boarding house in the Hope neighborhood of Providence owned by The Providence Center could be redeveloped as part of a 25-unit project.

The proposal to convert 29 Ninth St. to a three-unit building would also include construction of a new 22-unit building on an adjoining property.

The lots are in a residential zone, so the project would require a rezoning to allow for the commercial use.

Now owned by Providence Center Inc., the property is before the City Plan Commission for approval. The applicant is 8th Investment LLC, according to city documents. That corporation lists Ghassan Daou, of Wayland Square, as its manager and resident agent.

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According to the plans prepared by the Providence Planning Department, the new building would be a four-story, 22-unit building. The site is now vacant. The building once used as a boarding house would be converted to three residential units on upper floors, while common areas such as a gym and game room, would be created in the basement and on the first floor.

Mary MacDonald is a staff writer for the PBN. Contact her at macdonald@pbn.com.

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