Greater City Providence

1577 Westminster, for realz!

1577 Westminster Street, rendering Kite Architects

The WBNA has been working hard for some time now to build their green building at 1577 Westminster Street. Delays have been caused largely as a result of putting together financing for the project. I’m told that WBNA and their partner, SpurwinkRI, now have a building permit in hand and construction could begin as soon as December 23rd. If the winter construction season cooperates, the building could be done by next fall.

The building will have many green features including solar panels, insulation made from recycled newspaper, and flooring made with corn oil instead of petroleum. It has 7 apartments above that are supported living for folks with developmental disabilities, and the ground floor is still planned as Urban Greens’ new retail space with a full range of local and organic veggies, dairy, meat, and dry goods.

We’re looking forward to this excellent project finally coming of the drawing board and getting built.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • That is terrific news for the neighborhood and Providence in general! I know how hard Kari and WBNA have been working at making this deal happen. Hurray!

  • Equipment was delivered last weekend, perhaps Monday 1/4, and light work has been done thus far to clear the site. A truck currently sits at the back of the lot, which has been moreso cleared of brush and remaining debris.

    My bedroom window overlooks the site from Bainbridge Avenue.. so this is a welcomed sight that will finally eliminate the not-so-pleasant view of overgrown weeds and brush.. and add a great new venue to the west side!

  • The foundation is being laid out! I was in Connecticut for a week, only to return to something that was not excavation-related. Work is moving along nicely, crews there early. Meanwhile, the pile of dirt has grown to where it is now level with 2nd floor of my apartment….oy vey…

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