Grow Smart Rhode Island moves
to Lauderdale Building

GROW SMART Rhode Island has moved into the historic Lauderdale Building in Providence. / COURTESY GROW SMART RHODE ISLAND

PROVIDENCE – The nonprofit public policy organization Grow Smart Rhode Island has moved from the Roger Williams University-owned building at One Empire to the historic Lauderdale Building.

The move, completed on Oct. 16, places the nonprofit on the third floor of 144 Westminster St., Suite 303, next to Arcade Providence.

Grow Smart has seven employees, according to deputy director John Flaherty, and had leased offices from the university for three years.

The nonprofit looked at several properties, he said, including a few outside Providence. But the location downtown and convenient access to public transportation was important, he said.

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The Lauderdale Building is owned by Lauderdale Associates LLC, which includes Bill Piccerelli of the accounting firm Piccerelli, Gilstein & Co. LLC, according to an announcement of the move made by Grow Smart RI.

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

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