Archives For Historic Preservation
The National Register of Historic Places listed Poirier’s Diner will be restored and re-opened at a new location at 1380 Westminster Street on the West Side.
The Poirier’s Diner is probably better known as El Faro to those who last patronized it when it was situated at Fort Thunder. It was removed from its Atwells Avenue location when Eagle Square was redeveloped and has been looking for a permanent home ever since.
Stack Design Build reports on their blog about restranteur Jon Özbek’s plans for the diner:
Developer Jon Özbek has begun a full scale renovation of the diner with the help of General Contractor Stack Design Build of Providence, the RI Historic Preservation & Heritage Commission, the Providence Revolving Fund, and MODA, LLC. This project represents a significant investment in the City, while it will also create new jobs. The Diner will be a welcome addition to the burgeoning West Side business community.
Grow Smart Rhode Island and others are working to reintroduce Rhode Island’s historic tax credit program:
Legislation has been introduced to establish a re-structured state historic preservation investment tax credit
On May 3, House Majority Whip J. Patrick O’Neill, joined by William San Bento, Elaine Coderre, Jeremiah O’Grady, and Raymond Johnston, introduced H-6098 which would establish a re-structured state historic tax credit for income-producing properties. Briefly, the tax credit program would:
- Provide a 20% tax credit, with the credit increased to 25% if a project included at least 25% commercial/industrial space or, in the case of downtown properties, if the entire first floor were rehabbed for commercial/industrial use;
- Apply to projects throughout Rhode Island;
- Have no cap;
- Delay awarding any credits until fiscal year 2013;
- Require that larger tax credit recipients, those entitled to a credit of more than $5 million, take their credit in a maximum of $5 million annual installments with any remaining balance paid to them in the 4th year of credit distribution.
- Social clubs and most single-family homes would not be eligible.
Find out more about how you can help support this legislation.
Destination Block Island:
Tourism and Community in a Historic Place
Saturday, April 30, 2011 with additional events on Friday + Sunday, Block Island
Programs available now [.pdf]
Pack your bags! The 26th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference is headed overseas. Twelve miles off the mainland, Block Island beckons as both a historic vacation spot and a tight-knit community. Grand hotels, well-preserved summer cottages, walking trails, historic sites, and attractive beaches appeal to visitors. Meanwhile locals keep the businesses humming, preserve local landmarks, and conserve open space – more than 43% of the island is protected. Whether you are an islander or a mainlander, you won’t want to miss the chance to explore Block Island from a historic preservation perspective.