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The Valley Breeze: Officials break ground on $42 million rehab of Prospect Heights

WinnCompanies, a multi-family property developer and manager, and Omni Development Corporation, the largest minority not-for-profit housing developer in Rhode Island, last Tuesday formally kicked off $42 million in renovations to modernize Prospect Heights Apartments, a historic New Deal-era public housing community on Prospect Street.

PBN: $42M renovations break ground at Pawtucket’s Prospect Heights Apartments

Nearly a year after WinnCompanies and Omni Development Corp. were approved by the Pawtucket Housing Authority for a joint venture ground lease for Pawtucket’s Prospect Heights Apartments, renovations are officially underway.

WPRI 12: Historic housing project in Pawtucket getting major facelift

Several state officials gathered in Pawtucket Tuesday to break ground on the renovation project at the Prospect Heights Apartments. Officials said the renovations will cost roughly $42 million. Gov. Gina Raimondo and Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien were among the people to launch the project, being implemented by WinnCompanies and Omni Development.

Winn PR: Join Us and Celebrate the Rehabilitation of Historic Prospect Heights

Please join Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien, RIHousing Executive Director Barbara Fields, members of the community and representatives from WinnCompanies, OMNI Development and the Pawtucket Housing Authority as we mark the completion of the first phase and the commencement of the second phase of redevelopment at historic Prospect Heights, a 292-unit, 21-acre public housing community in Pawtucket, RI.

ProJo: R.I. allowance for ‘in-law’ units is little known

They’re sometimes known as “in-law apartments” or “granny flats.” But Rhode Island law gives them a more formal name: accessory dwelling units. On Jan. 1, 2017, a change in state law went into effect, allowing owner-occupants of single-family homes to build these units by right for senior relatives ages 62 or older. Previously they were allowed by right only for disabled family members. Since the law changed, some residents have made inquiries about accessory dwelling units, according to local building and zoning officials. But only a small number have apparently gone ahead with plans to build them.

The Valley Breeze: Pawtucket's family homelessness problem ‘hasn’t gotten any better’

At least four families in the city remain homeless after more than a year of trying to improve their situation, says Elaine Cruz, pictured, an advocate with the Pawtucket Child Opportunity Zone in city schools.

ProJo: R.I. eyes economic incentive offered in controversial federal tax law

Rhode Island’s Democratic elected leaders, many of whom opposed the $1.5-trillion tax-cut bill passed by congressional Republicans earlier this year, are hoping a program within it will help jump-start the Blackstone Valley economy. With no discussion, the state House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution designating “the Blackstone River Corridor Municipalities of Providence, Woonsocket, East Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls as Qualified Opportunity Zones” under the new tax law.

ProJo: R.I. real estate: 2017 — a really hot market

House sales increased in Rhode Island for the fifth consecutive year in 2017, creating a “hot” market despite falling inventory, according to the Rhode Island Association of Realtors.

Pawtucket Times: All about ‘doing for others’

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that “life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” The Woonsocket Martin Luther King Community Committee and NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley were doing their part to answer that question Saturday at St. James Baptist Church on South Main Street, where more than 30 volunteers young and old kicked off a year-long service project repurposing old newspaper boxes into mini-food pantries called Blessing Boxes.

The Valley Breeze: Thanks to nonprofit group, families move into new homes for the holidays

Carmen Catalan says she couldn’t be happier to be home for the holidays this year. She and her family settled into a newly renovated affordable housing unit at 39-41 Knight St. in Central Falls on Dec. 1.

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