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Westminster Street, circa 1950

The Plant, Adaptive Reuse/Neighborhood Revitalization Award, 60 Valley Street, Olneyville

In use since the late 18th century, the site of the Plant has long held an important place in Providence’s rich history of industry. Originally constructed as a paper mill and later developed into the Providence Dyeing Bleaching and Calendaring Company, the complex fell victim to neglect, disrepair, and even arson. However, Puente and Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse re-imagined the building as a space for live/work artist housing units. The restoration was massive and involved many people, including architects Kevin O'Neil and Nancy Ludwig of Icon Architecture; engineers Jane Wolf, Robert Taylor, Richard McGee, & Stratton Newbert of The Collaborative Engineers and Robert Smedberg, Antonio Moura, & Rita Walsh of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin; Shannon Daigle of ESS Group Inc; Jon Puliafico of TerraaSure Development; Jay Fluck of CB Richard Ellis; Michael Alroy of Gannet Fleming; and Catherine Schwartz of Hal Keen Management. The project was supported in part by and the RI Historic Tax Credit. The space created is inviting, friendly, clean, and most importantly, affordable. The Plant represents the growth of a new and vibrant community from the ashes of one of Providence’s oldest buildings.