Former rectory proposed for multifamily apartments

8TH INVESTMENT, a Providence investment corporation, bought the former rectory at 14-18 Eighth St. in the city's Hope neighborhood and wants to renovate and convert it to apartments. / PBN PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

PROVIDENCE – A former rectory once owned by the nonprofit Whitmarsh House has been sold to a Providence investment corporation, which wants to renovate and convert it to apartments.

The property, at 14-18 Eighth St. in the Hope neighborhood, is before the Providence City Council with a request for a rezoning that would allow it to be converted to a multifamily use. The structure extends from Eighth Street to Ninth Street. It is now located in a residential R-2 zone, which prohibits a multifamily use.

On May 8, the Whitmarsh Corp., which operates as Whitmarsh House, sold the property for $495,000 to 8th Investment LLC, according to Providence property records. 8th Investment is managed by Ghassan Daou, a restaurateur who owns and manages L’Artisan Café & Bakery in the Wayland Square neighborhood.

The Providence City Council has yet to act on the zoning request, but it is recommended by the City Plan Commission.

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Mary MacDonald is a staff writer for the PBN. Contact her at

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