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Apartments sprout outside Providence’s downtown

For all the attention on how downtown office buildings are being converted to apartments, or the potential addition of a residential skyscraper, the most...
COMFORTABLE SURROUNDINGS: Jeffrey Kerkhoff, owner of Jephry Floral Studio on Broadway in Providence, with customer Melissa Lamoine of Cumberland. Kerkhoff said he feels comfortable in a neighborhood that has improved in value and esteem since he first opened his floral business 20 years ago.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

As investment boosts city neighborhoods, can developers avoid displacing the poor?

Twenty years ago, Jeffrey Kerkhoff opened a floral ­studio in a narrow backroom of an upholstery business on Broadway, on the west side of...

West Side house tour to focus on artists, live-work spaces

PROVIDENCE – The live-work space of artists will be the focus of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association house tour this year.Scheduled from 10 a.m....
The Rhode Island Foundation is announcing $400,000 in grants for playgrounds, community gardens and other neighborhood-based projects throughout the state. Foundation CEO Neil D. Steinberg says the funding will produce places to gather, create friendships and inspire new collaborations. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

Rhode Island Foundation awards $400K in community-building projects

PROVIDENCE - From shared gardens to playground expansion, 47 projects across 25 Rhode Island cities and towns are receiving a total $400,000 in grants...
THE PROVIDENCE ZONING BOARD of Review will take up an appeal on May 9 of the City Plan Commission approval this year for a new mixed-use building at 1292 Westminster St. in the Armory Historical District. / COURTESY ZDS ARCHITECTS

Providence Zoning Board to hear appeal on approval of new mixed-use...

PROVIDENCE – The city’s Zoning Board of Review will take up an appeal on May 9 of the City Plan Commission approval this year...
FIFTEEN HOUSES AND APARTMENTS on the West Side of Providence will be opened for public tours as part of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association’s House Tour 2017 on Oct. 7. / COURTESY WEST BROADWAY NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

West Broadway Neighborhood Association to host House Tour Oct. 7

PROVIDENCE – Fifteen houses and apartments on the West Side of Providence will be opened for public tours Oct. 7 as part of the...
SEEKING APPROVAL: During a June 26 meeting of the Providence Historic District Commission, Eric Zuena, center at the far end of the table, founding principal of Providence-based architectural firm ZDS Inc., represents Michael H. Lemoi Jr., the owner of property at 1292 Westminster St., who is looking to knock the building down and build a multiunit residential property.  / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Mixed use meets resistance in city’s West End

Historical districts are among the trickiest areas to build in the capital city, due to layers of requirements designed to protect the unique physical...
THE CRANSTON STREET ARMORY, one of the most historical buildings in Rhode Island, will be opened for public tours on Sunday, June 4, as part of the final day of PVDFest, the citywide arts celebration. /COURTESY PROVIDENCE PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Cranston Street Armory to open for public tours during PVDFest

PROVIDENCE – The Cranston Street Armory, one of the most historical buildings in Rhode Island, will be opened for public tours on Sunday as...
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

Some of Providence’s poorest neighborhoods are attracting developers. Residents want a...

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...
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