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THE CONVERSION of a former mill in Pawtucket into loft apartments is a $39 million project of Urban Smart Growth. / COURTESY URBAN SMART GROWTH

Partial floor collapse at Hope Artiste Village residential project injures three

PAWTUCKET – A partial floor collapse at a mill being converted to loft apartments left three construction workers injured on Monday, one critically. The employees...
SHATTERED DREAM: Pictured is the site of the former Apex department store in downtown Pawtucket, which had been the proposed location for a new ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox until the team announced it found a better deal with Worcester, Mass., where it will be moving in two years./ PBN FILE PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Given the departure of the Pawtucket Red Sox to Worcester, Mass.,...

With the reality of the departure of the Pawtucket Red Sox setting in, political leaders and small business owners are cassting about for ways...
SHATTERED DREAM: Pictured is the site of the former Apex department store in downtown Pawtucket, which had been the proposed location for a new ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox until the team announced it found a better deal with Worcester, Mass., where it will be moving in two years./ PBN FILE PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

PBN on WJAR-TV, Oct. 9, 2018

With the dream of a gleaming new ballpark gone, Pawtucket businesses look to city leaders for a boost. Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy...

What ifs will not help Pawtucket

What might have been. That is a phrase that Pawtucket could be repeating over and over in the coming years as it looks to...
TAKING THE LEAD: Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza says he’s proud that the Providence Police Department was the first in the state to adopt body cameras for its police officers. He said the program has been well-received, adding it helps to calm people down because they know they are being recorded, while also allowing “the entire picture” of an incident to get out.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Can a self-described ‘pro[business]-growth progressive’ mayor boost investment in Providence?

The son of Guatemalan immigrants who settled in the West End of Providence, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza is a pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps story: The first in...
THE OCEAN STATE's transportation infrastructure is known to be decaying, as shown in this photo of the Tobey Street on-ramp to Route 6 West, one of the contributing factors to the state initiating its RhodeWorks program. What should the state's priorities be when it comes to infrastructure investments? / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Which of these areas of infrastructure investment do you think is...

The second Rhode Island Infrastructure Summit will take place on Sept. 17, and the topic it will take on is an important one for...
A RENDERING of the newly announced Ortho Rhode Island facility in Warwick. / COURTESY CARPIONATO GROUP

Carpionato Group unveils plans for Ortho Rhode Island office and surgical...

WARWICK – The Carpionato Group has the final approval of the city Planning Board to build a bio-medical hub – a 100,000-square-foot, three-story medical...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza said the Providence Business Loan Fund was revamped under his administration and the program so far has provided more than $2.4 million in loans to local small businesses duriing his administration. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Elorza emphasizes Providence business loan program

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza recently toured local businesses helped by the Providence Business Loan Fund. Elorza, running against two democratic challengers in the...
TAKE THEM TO THE RIVER: Pontiac Mills in Warwick is a sprawling former Fruit of the Loom mill complex across from Warwick Mall that is being redeveloped along the Pawtuxet River into residential and commercial space.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Three years on, Pontiac Mills lofts starting to take shape, take...

Shuttered textile mills are complicated and expensive to redevelop into modern purposes. When a series of mill buildings is the project, the process can...

Job, economy growth in R.I. are good signs

Two recent economic reports would seem to indicate that Rhode Island is moving in a positive direction. The state’s monthly jobs report for June said...
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