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The Promenade, Neighborhood Revitalization/Adaptive Reuse Award, 235 Promenade Street

The rehabilitation of the historic Brown & Sharpe/Foundry complex has breathed new life into this burgeoning residential neighborhood while helping to ensure that the highly visible complex remains a viable part of the city’s future. Constructed throughout the last quarter of the 19th and first quarter of the 20th century, this nationally significant mill stands as a symbol of Providence’s illustrious industrial past. Since acquisition of the property by the Guerra family in 1965, the Guerras have successfully redeveloped portions of the site for commercial use while large segments remained vacant. This recently completed residential rehabilitation project creates a thriving mixed use development.

The project would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of the Guerra family coupled with the hard work and expertise of Robinson Green Beretta Corp., Bruner/Cott & Associates, Inc., O. Ahlborg & Sons, Barkan Management Company, Inc., Foundry Associates, Meredith & Grew, and the Fenton Group. Their efforts have added vitality to one of America’s largest surviving urban mill complexes while positively contributing to the livability and the urban fabric of Providence.