Some of Providence’s poorest neighborhoods are attracting developers. Residents want a say in what happens next.

CLEARED TO BUILD: Dwayne Keys, chairman of the South Providence Neighborhood Association, stands outside the former Flynn Elementary School on Blackstone Street, where a developer has proposed a $30 million to $40 million mixed-use project. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
CLEARED TO BUILD: Dwayne Keys, chairman of the South Providence Neighborhood Association, stands outside the former Flynn Elementary School on Blackstone Street, where a developer has proposed a $30 million to $40 million mixed-use project. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Doug Victor, a 32-year resident of the Elmwood neighborhood in South Providence, wants to encourage economic development there that will help create jobs and services for local people. But he and other residents are wary of development launched with little public engagement, citing plans for a relocated state parole office in an adjoining neighborhood. “Four…
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