Prov. micro-lofts featured in exhibit

Arcade designs will be displayed at NYC museum

Originally published on, 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.  

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New life for Arcade: Micro lofts, micro retail

Originally published on, 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.

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At the Arcade, micro-living

Originally published on, 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Urban Legends

The Arcade and developer Evan Granoff are featured in the 4th quarter issue of Brand RI. Read the article here

Providence Arcade to reopen soon

Historic shopping to be renovated

Originally published on, August 24, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A downtown Providence landmark could soon be back in business.

Developers say several retail shops and restaurants could move into the renovated Providence Arcade by the end of September. 

Construction crews have been hard at work renovating the country’s oldest indoor mall into a so-called “micro-retail” and “micro-loft” space.

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Arcade ready to again be innovator

Originally published on, July 16, 2012

Can what’s old really become new again?

Evan Granoff, owner of The Arcade Providence, thinks so and aims to prove himself, as well as those behind him in the effort, right when the building’s transformation – from a vacant reminder of its former glory as a city centerpiece to an innovator in downtown housing – is completed later this year.

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Seeking New Roles for Landmarks in Providence, R.I.

Originally published in the N.Y. Times, June 19, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two landmark buildings in this city’s downtown have been in the news a lot lately, but for decidedly different reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

The Arcade Providence Launches New Website

Providence, RI: Evan Granoff of 130 Westminster Street Associates, LLC, owner of the Arcade, today announced the Arcade Providence has launched a website for the mixed-use project that will revive a historic building and bring retail establishments and micro-lofts into the city’s downtown. The exciting project, to be completed before the end of this year, puts Providence at the forefront of the micro-living trend – providing small, attractive spaces for those hoping to live simply, efficiently, and affordably in an urban center. The Arcade’s new website,, provides specific information on the first level retail spaces and the 48 micro-lofts that will populate the second and third levels of Providence’s National Historic Landmark.

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Arcade to be reimagined with shops, lofts

A historic downtown Providence landmark will reopen this fall with a mix of retail shops, restaurants and lofts.

The Providence Journal reported that plans for The Arcade were announced Wednesday by building owner Evan Granoff.

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The Arcade Providence MicroLofts and New Retail Approach Will Create A New, Energetic Community in the Heart of Downtown

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2012

The Arcade Providence MicroLofts and New Retail Approach Will Create A New, Energetic Community in the Heart of Downtown

U.S. Senator Reed, Gov. Chafee and Providence Mayor Taveras Join 130 Westminster Street Associates to Unveil Plans to Combine Retail and Residential in the Landmark Building Downtown

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