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Monohasset Mill, Adaptive Reuse/Material Conservation Award, 532 Kinsley Avenue

Designed in 1866 by architect James Bucklin as the Paine and Sackett Woolen Mill, the Monohasset Mill was mostly vacant when it was purchased in 2001 by The Monohasset Mill LLC with the help of the PPS Revolving Fund, which also served as the development consultant. Four artists, Erik Bright, Joel Taplin, David Stem, and Clayton Rockefeller conjured up a plan to redevelop the historic mill as thirty-nine units of mixed-income, artist loft condominiums.

The three phases of the $7.3 million development took over three years to complete. The project worked to reuse and conserve original materials as much as possible. The mill is listed in the city’s Industrial and Commercial Buildings District and is the first legal and affordable artist housing development under the Mill Initiative. The Monohasset Mill provides housing in a market in critical need of affordable housing while also preserving Providence’s proud industrial heritage.

Many individuals and companies contributed to the adaptive reuse of the Monohasset Mill including Monohasset Mill LLC partner Lori Quinn, architect James Barnes, Peter Case from Truth Box Architects, Stem Contracting & Design, construction manager Jerry Ehrlich, and attorney Tim More.