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AS220, Adaptive Reuse/Neighborhood Revitalization Award, 115 Empire Street 

AS220’s adaptive reuse of a commercial block as an arts and entertainment center has brought new life to Empire Street. AS220 is a non-profit community arts center featuring artist live/work space, galleries, a performance space, a community dark room, and a bar and café.

Exterior improvements include repair and repointing brick and granite; restoring the storefronts; replacing cornice and restoring brackets; replacing doors; and new awnings and signage – overall the exterior renovation resulted in a unified and visually appealing frontage that is historically appropriate. Inside, the street level gallery and performance areas were enlarged and reconfigured and the restaurant/ bar area was dramatically renovated. The work was carefully performed by Durkee Brown Viveiros & Werenfels Architects and Case Construction. AS220 consulted with the PPS Revolving Fund and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission. Construction was financed by the PPS Revolving Fund and Sovereign Bank. Donor support was derived from individuals, corporations, and foundations.