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“We didn’t want to take away anyone’s rights,” said Gosselin. “Over the past two weeks, it’s been interesting.
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Citizens Bank announced recently that its Community Development Group has provided $9 million in financing in the form of a tax-exempt bond to Pawtucket Development Group, LLC for the acquisition and renovation of a vacant historic mill, known as Lippitt Mill, located in West Warwick, into 65 residential housing units.
Twenty-eight of the units will be available to tenants at or below 60 percent of Area Median Income and 37 units will be market-rate units. The project is financed with low-income housing tax credits, federal and state historic tax credits and Rebuild RI Tax Credits.
“We greatly value our partnership with Citizens Bank and appreciate the Community Development Group’s market knowledge and excellent execution,” said Kris Shaw, president of Pawtucket Development Group, LLC. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Citizens team as this project reaches its potential.”
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Posted May 10, 2018 at 6:46 PM
Updated May 10, 2018 at 6:46 PM
More than 50 female volunteers helped refurbish a house at 2 Knight St. in Westerly.
Posted: May 21, 2017 at 5:43 PM
Updated: May 21, 2017 at 5:43 PM
Ten apartments have been built in the nearly 200-year-old exhibit hall.
PROVIDENCE — The rehabilitation of a landmark house in Pawtuxet Village, which will now be used to house homeless people and individuals with disabilities, will be celebrated at a ceremony Monday in Warwick.
The house at 69 Fair St., Warwick, built around 1820 for the Rhode Island Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry, was once the centerpiece of a 12-acre fairground, and was used to host state fairs and cattle shows until 1848. During the off-season, the exhibit hall was used for school and religious activities.
Today the 2½-story Greek Revival building sits on a nearly one-acre hilltop site.
Posted: Jun 8, 2018 at 5:46 PM
How many times have you passed a street corner and witnessed a variation of this line: “I’m homeless and hungry; can you help?” As a result of pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union in 2016, cities across Rhode Island stopped arresting panhandlers, resulting in a proliferation of men and women throughout all parts of our state asking for financial help from passersby.
Panhandling evokes strong reactions in all of us. We may feel a combination of anger, guilt, shame, judgment and helplessness. We hear these themes: “How many people can I give a dollar to?” “Will this person buy alcohol or drugs?” “Why don’t they just get a job?”
To find a more positive solution to this social problem, Amos House launched “A Hand Up” in the fall of 2016. Our goal was to provide an alternative to panhandling that would offer a daily wage to men and women short on cash. Rather than cast judgment, we put people to work — literally picking up garbage and beautifying our neighborhoods.
Posted: Aug 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Rhode Island has long fallen short in meeting its housing needs, and it’s gotten to the point where no matter where you turn, the numbers are bleak.
The state’s per capita housing production was the lowest in the nation last year, and it’s been either the lowest or one of the lowest for more than a decade.
The state’s rental vacancy rate, a measure of how many apartments are available, was tied for lowest in the nation last year, and it too has been among the lowest for more than a decade.
The number of R.I. households that are “cost burdened” — struggling to make ends meet because more than 30 percent of their annual income goes to housing costs — has been rising. More than half of renter households and more than one in three households with a mortgage were cost-burdened in 2015, the latest year for which data is available.
And then we have the sobering numbers that HousingWorks RI has been sharing for many years, which show that a family with a median Rhode Island income can afford a median-priced home in just a few of the state’s 39 cities and towns.
No wonder more than three out of four Rhode Islanders now see housing affordability as a serious issue, according to a recent WPRI 12/Roger Williams University poll.
Yet, our state leaders have done little. The most notable contribution, perhaps, has been a series of bonds that have been placed on the ballot and approved by voters. These bonds have provided $125 million since 2006, helping to produce nearly 3,000 subsidized, income-restricted “affordable” homes. But even here, Rhode Island falls short.
Posted Thursday, September 19, 2019 1:29 pm
By JOHN HOWELL
The city Planning Board has granted master plan approval for an eight-unit condominium development on a 1.19-acre wooded home site next to the Warwick Public Library on Sandy Lane.
Michael Primeau, president of the Sundown Corporation of North Kingstown, proposes to build four two-unit, single-story buildings in the rectangular lot running parallel to the secondary one-way entry to the library – the one with the outside return slot. One of the buildings would face Sandy Lane to blend in with other houses on Sandy Lane, while the remaining three would look out on a new road to be named Library Lane. The lane would provide a turnaround for emergency vehicles.
Primeau said the units would be about 1,000 square feet and include two bedrooms and two baths. They would sell for a price in the “high 200s.” He gave an estimate of $275,000 to $300,000.
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