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City launches storefront improvement grant program

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Participating businesses are eligible to receive reimbursements for 50-percent of eligible storefront costs, up to $10,000. The city’s Department of Economic Development will assist small businesses that wish to make changes to their exterior storefronts, including awnings, signage, windows, doors, permanent landscaping, and façade improvements. The program is open to small businesses with 18 or fewer full-time employees.

ProJo: $7-million Arcade revival taking shape

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Seven months after unveiling a plan to transform the landmark Arcade building into a mix of retail and loft apartments, the owner of America’s oldest indoor mall says the project is taking shape. Evan Granoff, of 130 Westminster Street Associates LLC, says four “unique” restaurants and 14 other small retail shops may occupy the first floor of the 1828 granite …

GC: Photos

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A selection of photos readers have recently shared in our Flickr Group: Photo © provbenson2009 Photo © lddana51two

Teste Block Christo’d

In Buildings, Development, Downcity by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Teste Block at Dorrance and Weybosset Streets Last month the Old Narragansett Hotel Garage was wrapped in plastic and now looks gorgeous! Today the adjoining Teste Block Building is getting wrapped and I can’t wait to see what it looks like when the wrapping comes down. All this building wrapping is part of an on-going project to convert all the …

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Community Works Rhode Island to renovate Broadway’s historic “Wedding Cake House”

In Buildings by Greater City Providence8 Comments

Community Works Rhode Island has acquired a significant historic residence at 514 Broadway, to be renovated as five affordable condominium units. January 24, 2011, Providence, RI – Community Works Rhode Island (CWRI) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the architecturally significant building at 514 Broadway in Providence, RI. CWRI will renovate this neglected and foreclosed property into five condominium …

Coastway Community Bank on Washington Street

In Buildings, Downcity, Featured by Jef Nickerson17 Comments

Rendering by Saccoccio & Associates Architects Back in March Coastway Community Bank first appeared before the DRC to seek permission to renovate the old Washington trust location on Washington Street and move from their Greene Street location. I saw some renderings around that time, Coastway was back at DRC that April, then I heard nothing about it and had pretty …

Mercantile Block Unwrapped

In Buildings by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

The plywood has come off the ground floor facade of the Mercantile Block on Washington Street. Clark the Locksmith will be moving into one of the new storefronts very shortly, then his storefront will be renovated to match the rest of the building.