Greater City Providence

PBN: Cornish Associates to redevelop Kinsley Building into apartments

Preliminary plans for the Kinsley Building call for 44 apartments in the upper floors with shops and or restaurants at ground level.


Historic photo of the Kinsley Building

[box type=”note”]Full disclosure: I work for Cornish Associates.[/alert]

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.


  • Thanks Jef. I was wondering if you could share what percentage of residents living in Cornish Associates properties are living there car free.

  • Thanks. So many developments similar to Cornish’s fail to gain political support because neighbors wail about the supposed traffic they would cause. It would be nice to show that developments such as those offered by Cornish can attract residents whose transportation footprint is small and, consequently, offer proof that higher density development will not result in the ten plagues descending upon us.

  • It’s exciting to see they aren’t trying to go for more luxury type apartments, it’ll be interesting to see what the rents will end up being.
    Also hopefully one day it won’t be almost completely surrounded by surface parking.

  • This is exciting. Carfree (or low car), affordable apartments in downtowns really are a great idea. I hope the plan holds to that.

  • full disclosure: I wouldn’t be mad if someone decided to re-design that first floor facade at all <3

  • There’s no renderings but the project received historic tax credits and a renovation of the ground floor facade will be part of that. What it will look like will likely depend a lot on what is found underneath the mess that is on there now. Historically it looked like this:

  • Oh my gosh I cannot believe someone chose to cover that up.. it must have been during the 80s

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