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Japanese market coming to downtown Providence this spring

PROVIDENCE – Downtown residents and visitors who have longed for more grocery stores in the area will soon have a new option as owners...
RORY's MARKET + KITCHEN is ready to open Friday on Washington Street in downtown Providence. Rory Eames, right, owner and CEO, was at the front door on Thursday, telling a potential customer trying to enter the store to return the next day. At left, one of the employees puts the finishing touches on some displays. PBN PHOTO/WILLIAM HAMILTON

Organic market set to open in downtown Providence Friday

PROVIDENCE – The owner of a Massachusetts-based specialty organic market chain will be welcoming customers to its first Rhode Island location Friday, providing a...
Arnold B. Chace Jr.

Arnold B. “Buff” Chace Jr.

Arnold B. “Buff” Chace Jr. continues to put his stamp on Providence’s downtown. The property development company Cornish Associates LP – where Chace is managing...
COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES ON WESTMINSTER and Weybosset streets in downtown Providence remained empty during the summer of 2021. Vacancies at several downtown properties have been prolonged and, in at least one case, prompted by the pandemic, as a result of work stoppages and shutdowns, according to several downtown real estate investors. PBN PHOTO/MARC LAROCQUE

Post-pandemic vacancies, optimism abound in downtown Providence

PROVIDENCE – Sign, sign, everywhere a sign: “Retail opportunity,” says one. “Prime retail space for lease,” another. “Available now.” There’s plenty of prime storefront space...

In 1986, Arnold “Buff” Chace Jr. founded Cornish Associates LP, the developer and manager of 10 buildings that make up the Westminster Lofts in downtown Providence. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Focus on the long term

Arnold “Buff” Chace Jr. | Cornish Associates LP managing partner When COVID-19 surfaced, the pandemic cut the ties that bound our communities together. Overnight, businesses...

Five Questions With: Steve Durkee

Steve Durkee, a founder of the Providence architecture firm now known as DBVW Architects, and since 2010 the director of development at Cornish Associates,...

Meeting Street Steps gain a marker

PROVIDENCE – A bronze marker has been installed at the Meeting Street Steps on College Hill in Providence, noting its historic significance. Restoration of the...
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...

BankRI provides $28.4M in financing for Cornish Associates buildings

PROVIDENCE – Bank Rhode Island has provided Cornish Associates with $28.4 million in financing for the Down City II renovations and construction. The bridge loan...

Durkee honored by Gamm Theatre for arts commitment

STEVE DURKEE, senior associate for Providence-based real estate development firm Cornish Associates, was presented with the David Wax Award for Outstanding Commitment to the...
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