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→ The New York Times: Historic Power Plant in Providence, R.I., May Get Another Chance at an Encore

The New York Times reports that Brown University may be interested in redeveloping the South Street Power Station, better known as the location of the stalled “Dynamo House” project.

According to James S. Bennett, director of economic development for Providence, “serious” possible tenants have looked at the building in recent months, though he declined to say who they were. Sources knowledgeable about the site said that Brown University might be interested since Dynamo House is in the city’s Jewelry District, where Brown has expanded in recent years.

Mr. Bennett said the city had made finding a new use for the building a priority, and would not consider the alternative: “It’s not going to be torn down,” he said.

See also:
Greater City Providence: What’s going on with the Dynamo House?
Via: Nesi’s Notes

Historic Poirier’s Diner moving to Westminster Street

Poirier's Diner

Poirier’s Diner

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.

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Reintroduction of Rhode Island historic tax credits

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.


The 26th Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, April 30

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.

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