The project, named Veterans for Tomorrow, was created by the Blackstone Valley Development Corporation (BVDC), the development arm of the Arc of Blackstone Valley. The BVDC utilized federal, state and city programs to reclaim the historic mill and the surrounding area. The BVDC is a leading developer of housing for adults with disabilities, veterans and the elderly in Rhode Island and manages a portfolio of over 260 units.
Saccoccio & Associates, working with DiPrete Engineering, Steere Engineering and Engineering Design Services, converted the abandoned mill into 20 one-bedroom apartments. Located at 1115 Douglas Avenue near the North Providence line, the complex includes common areas, a community space to be used for education and job training and a landscaped outdoor area along the West River.
Residents were selected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and qualify for rental subsidies and other services.
The project was recently featured in the Providence Journal. R.I. on track to end homelessness for vets
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