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Potters Avenue Neighborhood Revitalization, Neighborhood Revitalization Award

Stop Wasting Abandoned Property (S.W.A.P.) set out to create thirty-six units of affordable housing in South Providence while complementing the historic architecture of the neighborhood. Within a four-block area, fourteen new two- and three-family houses were constructed and two existing homes were renovated. The project sought to reduce the number of vacant lots in the neighborhood.

SWAP challenged architects Durkee, Brown, Vivieros & Werenfels to design homes that fit with the context of their surroundings and were inexpensive to construct. Contractor Strand Corporation and structural engineer and consultant Yoder + Tidwell, Inc. also contributed to the project. Eighteen parcels were purchased and reconfigured into lots of varying sizes and shapes to accommodate the multi-family housing. Each design solution included resident parking.

Completed in the summer of 2005, the new affordable housing units have brought back residents and restored vitality to a neighborhood once plagued by abandoned, vacant lots. In addition to its positive visual impact on the community, it also has mitigated the severe shortage of affordable housing in Providence.