Historic housing project in Pawtucket getting major facelift

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Several state officials gathered in Pawtucket Tuesday to break ground on the renovation project at the Prospect Heights Apartments.

Officials said the renovations will cost roughly $42 million. Gov. Gina Raimondo and Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien were among the people to launch the project, being implemented by WinnCompanies and Omni Development.

The project will rehabilitate 292 apartments in 35 two-story buildings. It will also create 20 new housing units.

“All Rhode Islanders deserve to live somewhere that’s safe and warm,” Raimondo said. “This redevelopment is a perfect example of what government and the private sector can achieve when we work together. This is a great day for Rhode Island, the city of Pawtucket and most importantly, the people who will soon call these apartments home.”

Officials said Prospect Heights was constructed in 1942 and is considered one of the nation’s public housing projects that qualify for the Federal Historic Tax Credits after being placed on the National Register of Historic Places in December 2016.

“This is a great day in our city that has been a long time in the making,” Grebien said. “The renovation of Prospect Heights and preservation of affordable housing marks another milestone in the revitalization of our community. I want to extend my sincere gratitude to the governor and her leadership team, Rhode Island and Pawtucket Housing, and our private partners WinnCompanies and Omni Development Corporation for coming together to make this possible.”

Officials said residents of the apartment complex will be temporarily relocated to vacant on-site units during the construction, which should be completed in April 2020.

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