Grove Street School in 2003, photo from Art In Ruins
Remember Grove Street School? [gcpvd.org] [Art In Ruins]
The historic building that for years neighbors have advocated for reuse, while owners of the building made plans to turn it into overflow parking for funeral home business on Broadway was met with illegal demolition on a cold Saturday in February 2007.
Owned by Michael Tarro, a Federal Hill resident and Assistant Providence City Solicitor, running for Steve Costantino’s seat in the Rhode Island General Assembly, this building continues to deteriorate as every possible requirement for either fixing the building or just securing it, is appealed.
While advocates continue to meet each appeal, time may be running out as Tarro has appealed the last Board of Building Review ruling and yet another hearing to duke this out in court is set for Thursday (Aug. 12) at 1pm.
How this has been able to continue without fines, without a lien, without outrage from the city is curious at best, and disgusting at worse. Regardless of where you fall on the support fault line for this building/property/family, the fact that it was illegally demo-ed makes it an illegal demo. The fact that the building has never been secured for all these years makes it a gross negligence of municipal laws.
Grove Street School today:
Any news on how this went today?
The roof looks to be in good condition.
Actually, the funeral home looks to pretty well kept as well.
Everyone please look at Michael Tarro’s website. Please.
So, any news on how the endless appeal is going? Does anyone ever mention this building’s demise and complete and utter law scoff when talking with the candidate Tarro?
Press release from the WBNA [.pdf]
And, from the Providence Preservation Society:
I must say, I’m shocked and entertained by the outcome of this. Having to watch the building crumble out my front window since 2007, and having followed the endless legal battle over it, I was convinced that it would fall down before any real decision was made. Why wasn’t this front page news when the decision was made?
Only thing I can say is not more condo’s!! About about afordable rental units!!