Narragansett Times: Residential makeover proposed for former Boon Street church

Apr 28, 2020

NARRAGANSETT - In March of 2018, applicant Craig Miller proposed an adaptive reuse of the former Presbyterian Church located at 114 Boon Street, hoping to recreate the look and aesthetic of the original house of worship while changing the building's interior to accommodate four living units. The board—on the basis of density, a lack of an affordable unit and on-street parking concerns—denied the proposal in a split vote. This decision was later unanimously upheld by the Narragansett Zoning Board of Review. On Tuesday, in a virtual meeting, Miller was before the board again concerning the same property, this time proposing four units, with one designated as affordable, though doing away with most of the historic recreation component.

“We're not proposing to have the same charm and character that the previous application had, simply because, as we've said before, we can't do both,” said Miller. “We can't provide historic restoration or preservation or interpretation and an affordable unit. So we're going with a more traditional form of building construction for the current times."

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