Arcade designs will be displayed at NYC museum
Originally published on wpri.com, January 24, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Providence Arcade’s micro-loft designs are going to be featured in an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York .
“Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers” runs January 23 – September 15, 2013
The exhibit also presents winning designs from the Bloomberg administration’s recently launched pilot competition to test new housing models, as well as examples set by other cities including Seattle, Montreal, San Diego, and Tokyo.
The Arcade was built in 1828 and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The building closed in 2008 because of the poor economy.
Last year, developers announced a plan to transform the top two floors into 48 micro-lofts, mostly studio spaces with an average of 225-450 square feet.
They’re priced starting at $550 a month and developers say there’s already a waiting list.
The ground level of …
Originally published on turnto10.com, January 23, 2013
PROVIDENCE –The Arcade in Providence, the oldest indoor shopping mall in the U.S., is undergoing a major renovation.
Work is under way converting the second and third floors, which had been retail spaces, into micro lofts, 225 to 300 square-foot apartments with built-in furniture. The rent for the apartments will start at $550 a month.
“I saw the opportunity for all these people who are graduating and looking for a place to live that’s affordable,” said Evan Granoff, Arcade owner and developer.
The first floor retail space will remain 17 spaces at nearly 400 square feet, each renting at $1,000 per month.
Granoff said the Arcade will continue its tradition of being the oldest running indoor mall in the country.
“Style fashion area, so clothing stores, jewelry and accessories,” he said.
Add in three stand-alone, first-floor restaurants with outside access and you have new life for the historic structure and for downtown Providence.…
Originally published on providence.thephoenix.com, December 26, 2012
Once upon a time, Providence’s Westminster Arcade represented a novel idea: an indoor shopping mall where customers could find a variety of merchants under one roof. But that was in the 1820s, long before the Mall of America, Mallrats, mall cops, mall food, mall concerts, and a literary style dubbed “shopping mall realism.” So what is Evan Granoff — head of 130 Westminster Street Associates, the group spearheading the Arcade’s re-development — talking about when he says, “It’s not easy . . . being a pioneer”? Well, he’s talking about making America’s oldest mall micro.
“Micro-retail, micro-retail, micro-retail,” he says, standing on the first floor of the Arcade and pointing to color-coded spaces on a nearby floor plan. “All this is micro-retail.” With power drills whining, hammers thunking, and a fine mist of sawdust intermittently falling from above, he explains how micro-retailers are different from the chain stores at a traditional mall. …