The Providence Business News ran this story the other day about students in RISD’s Architecture Department who presented design proposals for the vacant Arcade to the building’s owner, Evan Granoff.
Without having the proposals to look at, I didn’t really think there was much to talk about and just threw a link to the story up on our Facebook page. Perhaps after the winter break, I’ll contact RISD and see if we can get a look at what the student’s proposed. But in the meantime, I figure, what the heck, if people are bored over the holiday, here’s something to discuss.
PBN reports on the student project:
RISD professor Friedrich St.Florian said the proposals ranged from hotels to building a spa on the third floor, and restoring retail and restaurants to the ground level. All the proposals keep the more than 182-year-old Arcade as the hub of the development and the main entrance. The students also incorporated the lots on either side of the Arcade, including the one with the faÃƒÂ§ade of the Providence National Bank Building.
Granoff told the PBN that the proposals were impressive, but not economically feasible (I have to wonder if economic feasibility was not part of the student’s design brief, or if Granoff is just being obstinate). The PBN article concludes that Granoff is working on a plan to reuse the building (which keeps it intact) and details of that plan should be revealed “early next year.”
Breath is not being held.
One of our readers forwarded his idea of how the building should be used:
My (rudimentary) idea ever since Granoff closed it.
- Ground floor = small scale food concession/retail
- 2nd floor = small office spaces or office condos -or- larger footprint sit-down restaurants
- 3rd floor = 1-2 large commercial tenant(s) or mix of sit-down restaurants and commercial tenants
Providence would be wise to make this our version of Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market…
For some holiday weekend discussion, what would you like to see happen with the Arcade?