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PPS 2011 Ten Most Endangered Properties

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson25 Comments

Today, The Providence Preservation Society released their, 2011 Ten Most Endangered Properties List. Let’s take a look: 1. Admiral Ezek Hopkins Homestead 97 Admiral Street, Wanskuck Photo Google Street View 2. Arcade 65 Weybosset Street, Downcity Photo Jef Nickerson

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February 3, 2007

In Buildings, Government, Video by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Channel 10 video from February 2007. Four years today, workers contracted by the family of Assembly Member and Assistant City Solicitor, Michael Tarro attempted the illegal demolition of the Grove Street School on Federal Hill. The owners had no demolition permit and a stop work order was in place. But on a cold weekend morning, crews came out to try …

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Regarding “Little Red School and the Big Bad Wolf”

In Buildings, Government, Reader Submissions by Jen Cole5 Comments

The below is a letter to the Editor of the Providence Journal in response to David Brussat’s editorial “Little Red School and the Big Bad Wolf.” As of this date, the ProJo has not printed the letter. In David Brussat’s “Little Red School and the Big Bad Wolf,” 1/13/2011, he portrays a disturbing instance of demolition by neglect of Federal …

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What Cheer/What Jeer 2010

In 195 Relocation Project, Arts, Buildings, Development, Downcity, Election 2010, Featured, Government, Metro Transit Study, RIPTA, Roads, Transportation, What Cheer/What Jeer by Greater City Providence4 Comments

Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Whether you love it or hate it, Providence will soon be getting a new pedestrian bridge over the Providence River. Design firms large and small from around the world entered the competition that led to the winning design. And the competition got people around the city interested in transportation and design. RIPTA Last year we declared …

Photos from the Grove Street School Rally

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson10 Comments

This morning around 50 people rallied for Grove Street School on Federal Hill. Of course we’ve been reporting on this issue for years, but for the uninitiated the story goes like this: The Tarro family illegally demolished a portion of the school in early 2007 and the city has been fighting in the courts (and winning) to get the owners …

Rally for Grove Street School (Sept. 11)

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Channel 10 video from February 2007. Grove Street School Community Rally Saturday, September 11th – 10:00am Grove Street School, 95 Grove Street Come learn the history of this school and how you can help save this endangered historic building. Bring your camera and camera phones to take photos for SeeClickFix. Sponsored by the West Broadway Neighborhood Association and the Providence …

Wither Grove Street School

In Buildings, Featured, Government by Greater City Providence9 Comments

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. …

Tarro: Grove Street School renovations, “not feasible”

In Buildings, Development by Greater City Providence12 Comments

Photo by Jef Nickerson LEGAL NOTICE CITY OF PROVIDENCE BUILDING BOARD OF REVIEW 190 DYER STREET PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND 02903-3902 Notice is hereby given that the Building Board of Review will be in session in the Conference Room of the Board located at 190 Dyer Street, Providence, Rhode Island on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 3:00 P.M. at which time …

Both sides claiming victory in Grove Street School decision

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

The Providence Journal reports today on a RI Supreme Court decision that has both sides in the Grove Street School saga claiming victory. The Supreme Court ruling overturns a lower court decision ordering the City to issue a demolition permit for the partially demolished former school house. The demolition order was stayed when the city appealed to the Supreme Court, …

For Sale: Slightly damaged school house

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Update on the Grove Street School, after all the heartburn, seems the owners are now willing to sell: Dear Friends, This was sent today (May 5, 2008) from Deming Sherman regarding the court issues and purchase of Grove St school. There needs to be a buyer offering a bid with serious intentions soon. This may be a problematic development effort …

Ugh, Grove Street School

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

I don’t even want to talk about it. Just go here to read the Journal article. Related: Greater City Providence: Grove Street School partial demolition Greater City Providence: A short history of the Grove Street School Greater City Providence: Fire at Grove Street School ArtInRuins: Grove Street School UrbanPlanet: Grove Street School Illegal Demolition

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Fire at Grove Street School

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[box style=”red”]UPDATE 07/18: Sources state that the City has required the building’s owner, Michael Tarro “secure” the building within 7 days.[/alert] [box style=”red”]UPDATE 07/18: The Providence Journal: Arson unit investigating blaze at old school[/alert] [box style=”red”]UPDATE 07/17: The following photos were forwarded to me by the WBNA[/alert] From the Providence Journal: July 17, 2007 Update: Fire at former Grove St. …

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A short history of the Grove Street School

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Grove Street School, in the middle of Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood, one of many small neighborhood schools was built at the turn of the Century and was in use until sometime in the late 70s, early 80s. The City, in an effort to divest itself of these small schools (in desperate need of repair after years of deferred maintenance) in …