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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...
POTENTIAL GROCERY STORY: Pictured is the construction site of a six-floor housing project at 78 Fountain St. in Providence, where developers Cornish Associates and Nordblom Co. would like to see a grocery store occupy the ground floor.  

Will downtown Providence ever get a supermarket?

Downtown Providence is known as the central political and cultural district of Rhode Island. Among those who live and work there, it’s also known...
COMPETING EFFECTIVELY: DarrowEverett Chairman Zachary Darrow, left, meets with Managing Partner Joshua Berlinsky at the legal-services company’s Providence office.

Law firm shows strength in private equity

DarrowEverett LLP launched a legal-services company in Providence in 2007 that initially may have been best known for its work in land use and...
TOWER CONCERNS: Pictured at the ArtProv Gallery in Providence are from left: gallery staff members Nicholas Dupont and Victoria Rogers, owner Michele Aucoin, Susan Petree of Newport, and Luke ­Morrison of Providence. Aucoin said she’s concerned the proposed Hope Point Tower by the Fane Organization would be too overpowering and not “fit in.”

Business community divided over Fane tower proposal

While city officials debate whether to approve the proposed 600-foot Hope Point Tower in Providence’s Jewelry District, businesspeople in and around the neighborhood are...
WHETHER PROVIDENCE SHOULD have residential buildings as high as 600 feet was debated during the public comment section of the City Plan Commission meeting earlier this week, as city officials considered whether to rezone the site for Hope Point Tower. / COURTESY FANE ORGANIZATION

Providence residents divided on Fane’s Hope Point Tower

PROVIDENCE – Whether the city should have residential buildings as high as 600 feet was an undercurrent in the public comment section of the...
A PLAN TO RENOVATE the Lapham and Wit buildings for conversion to a mix of commercial and residential units, and renovate and expand the Trayne Building for a similar purpose, on Westminster Street in downtown Providence received final approval by the city's Downtown Design Review Committee on Feb. 12. / COURTESY UNION STUDIO ARCHITECTURE AND COMMUNITY DESIGN

Westminster Street building redevelopment plan receives final approval

PROVIDENCE – A redevelopment plan for three buildings on Westminster Street owned by Cornish Associates received final approval by the city’s Downtown Design Review...

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