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State Armory, Cranston St, from HABS/HAER

Harvard-Dartmouth-Comstock Project, Residential Rehabilitation/Restoration Award

The Harvard-Dartmouth-Comstock Project involved the construction of ten new buildings and the rehabilitation of nine buildings in Upper South Providence by the OMNI Development Corporation. David Presbrey Architects developed the design and construction plans and O. Ahlborg & Sons, Inc. served as the general contractor for the project. Four of the rehabilitated buildings are located within the Parkis-Comstock National Register Historic District and two historic buildings were saved from demolition by being moved from their original locations to new sites. One of these buildings, 236 Public Street, was previously listed on the Society’s Ten Most Endangered Properties List, and was moved to its present location at 7 Harvard Street. A total of 43 units ranging from two to five bedrooms were created for low-to-moderate income families using a combination of historic and low income tax credits, Federal HOME funds, and a reimbursable grant from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. The project’s success exemplifies the important role that public and private entities create as partners in housing and community development initiatives.