Housing leaders: Excessive red tape, labor shortage slowing new construction in R.I.

THE BOWDOIN STREET ROWHOUSE in Providence awaits final roof work after construction on March 3. The eight modular units of affordable housing were built by the nonprofit ONE Neighborhood Builders for $2.2 million. / COURTESY STEPHEN IDE OF ONE NEIGHBORHOOD BUILDERS
A recent report naming Rhode Island the slowest state in the nation in erecting new housing illustrates a decades-old problem with widely varying construction requirements across the state and a lingering labor shortage in the industry, construction and housing industry leaders say. The report by Boutique Home Plans noted that cities and towns in Rhode…

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