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PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY: Pictured is the Urban Fellow Barber Shop, which moved from its location in Warwick to the Biltmore Garage building at 51 Washington St. in Providence. The move is representative of an influx of retail and service-oriented businesses occupying commercial property ground-floor spaces along major streets throughout the city following a change in zoning in 2014 to make streets more pedestrian-friendly. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Zoning change brings surge of building activity to major streets in...

Three years into a building boom, downtown Providence has expanded its active commercial spaces along major streets, attracting dozens of new and expanded businesses. The...
WARY LANDLORD: Dustin Dezube, owner of Providence Student Living Capital LLC, has 125 properties in Providence, including several buildings on East Transit Street that are newly constructed or renovated. He mostly rents to college students and is concerned a proposed city regulation to expand an existing three-student cap to all structures in single-family zones, could also be applied to multifamily zones. 
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Some Providence residents want stricter regulation of student housing. A...

Over the past eight years, Providence Student Living Capital LLC has purchased and renovated more than 100 residential structures in Providence, mostly multifamily units. And...
THE BILOTTI GROUP and Nicholson 2018 LLC, owner of the Beresford-Nicholson Estate on Blackstone Boulevard in Providence, which includes a greenhouse and gardener's house in addition to the main house, above, have proposed to raze the structures and convert the property to 10 house lots. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

Neighbors challenge 10-lot subdivision of estate property on Providence’s East Side

PROVIDENCE – One of the last great estates on the East Side of Providence could be subdivided into 10 house lots that critics say...
DENSELY POPULATED: The Fox Point neighborhood on the East Side of Providence is filled with 18th- and 19th-century structures, and a mix of other buildings. In recent months, three new apartment buildings have started construction, two of them replacing much older buildings, including one at 298 Wickenden St.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fox Point residents concerned about infill construction displacing long-term renters

After years of inactivity, new residential construction has made inroads into city neighborhoods in Providence. Lot by lot, older houses or vacant parcels are...

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