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State Armory, Cranston St, from HABS/HAER

Westfield Lofts, Adaptive Reuse/Neighborhood Revitalization/Urban Planning Award, 218 Dexter Street

Known to many as Rau Fastener, the Westfield Lofts Apartments is the first of a four-stage planned development involving the adaptive reuse of an abandoned vacant industrial complex. Previously blighted, Westfield Lofts now provides sixty-nine mixed-income loft style apartments in 81,000 square feet.

Westfield Lofts is located in a pivotal location between the Broadway-Armory and Bridgham-Arch-Wilson Streets Historic Districts. The project is anticipated to have an extremely positive effect on the surrounding neighborhood by providing mixed-income housing; reclaiming a long vacant, contaminated site; and catalyzing other redevelopment. Subsequent phases include the historic rehabilitation of the 20,000 square foot Perkins Building, twenty-four scattered site existing and twenty new residential units, and a tree grove.

West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation enlisted the help of many dedicated companies and organizations including: Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects, Enviroscience Incorporated, Rhode Island Housing, the Providence Department of Planning and Development, In-Depth, Inc., Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation/ Small Business Loan Fund, NeighborWorks of America, U.S. EPA, PPS Revolving Fund, Bank of America, Sovereign Bank, Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission, Jerry Ehrlich, and Case Construction Company.