Architectural plans and financing for the construction have finally been completed for the WBNA’s first new construction: 1577 Westminster Street, a sustainable, mixed-use, low to moderate income project. Partial seed funding for this project has been provided by a Rhode Island Housing Commission’s Neighborhood Opportunities Grant. The project is now HUD 811 financed in association with Spurwink RI. Construction is slated for July 2009. The cinder-block garage in Photo 1 has already been removed from the site.
The $1.3 milliam development project, called Shop Work Eat Live Local (SWELL) at 1577 Westminster Street, will be an example of “good quality, green design” in the neighborhood, Kari Lang, director of the WBNA, said. Urban Greens, a local food co-op, will occupy the first floor.
In December 2004, a design by William Kite Architects was selected by the WBNA design jury and community in a public design competition.
Paul May 4 2011 It’s built, but haven’t seen any progress on getting a business or co-op set up in there... seems like a needless build thus far.
George Nothing going on here – over a year has passed since the target date for ground breaking – this place looks pretty sad – even the WBNA banner looks decayed. Sad… very sad.
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