News & Event
By Mary MacDonald- October 2, 2019 10:30 pm
Jennifer Hawkins is the executive director of ONE Neighborhood Builders, the developer of the soon-to-begin Sheridan Small Homes, a development of affordable, net-zero homes in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence.
The five standalone condos, which are two bedrooms each, were designed by Jonathon Knowles, a professor at Rhode Island School of Design. The homes will be built by Building Futures, using apprentice labor. A groundbreaking is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 28.
PBN: Is this the first net-zero home in Providence, and what does that mean?
HAWKINS: I think it’s the first affordable [one], targeted to low- and moderate-income households. A deed-restricted property. It’s a passive home. That means the systems and the siting and the materials of the home are done in such a way as to use the natural environment. We have triple-pane windows. We have an all-electric system. All of these things make the home extremely efficient.
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By William Hamilton- October 29, 2019 10:30 pm
When the results of the 2018-2019 Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System were released last week, they showed that the overall performance of students in grades 3 to 8 improved somewhat from the previous year. But the results also showed that English language learners and students of color continue to lag behind significantly in proficiency levels in math and English language arts.
Marcela Betancur, director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, spoke to PBN about the RICAS results and those “equity gaps.”
PBN: Were you surprised by the results of the RICAS that again show persistent equity gaps involving English language learners and students of color? Explain why you were either surprised or not.
By Mary MacDonald- July 10, 2019 10:30 pm
Jennifer Hawkins is the executive director of ONE Neighborhood Builders, a nonprofit that is working on community-development initiatives in several neighborhoods in Providence. She provided an update on projects and priorities for the organization.
PBN: What is King Street Commons and who will it provide housing for?
HAWKINS: In 2013, we issued a neighborhood revitalization plan called the Build Olneyville plan. It was funded by the [Department of Housing and Urban Development] Choice Neighborhoods initiative.
The idea was how do we connect the Providence Housing development called Manton Heights, which is in the neighborhood, along with the next of the neighborhood. It was physically isolated. The only way to access Riverside Park and that area was through this street that had been closed with Jersey barriers for years because of illegal dumping and crime.
The idea was how do we strategically redevelop this blighted part of the neighborhood that cuts off this public housing from the rest of the neighborhood. We will be constructing 30 apartments and 8,500 square feet of an early childhood education center. It will be four Head Start classrooms. The provider we have selected is Children’s Friend.
King Street Commons has two components: new construction of 30 new apartments and the 8,500-square-foot early childhood center, plus the renovation and re-syndication of 32 apartments that were originally constructed in 2001 in the Elmwood neighborhood. In total, it is 62 units.
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