slides: Preview: Providence Foundation’s ‘Downtown Providence Living Tour’

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


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Regency Plaza is one of 9 properties that will be open for touring in downtown Providence on September 21st.

A new tour of downtown Providence will highlight the joys of urban living in the Capital City. On Saturday, September 21, The Providence Foundation and Downtown Providence Improvement District will host a Downtown Providence Living Tour showcasing downtown’s transformation into a desirable mixed-use district.

Downtown Providence

Ranked by WalkScore as the most walkable neighborhood in the city and described as a “Walker’s Paradise,” downtown Providence does offer easy residential access to restaurants, shops, cultural offerings, transportation options, and other amenities within a few blocks. The tour will feature nine properties in the downtown core, including The 903, Arcade Providence, Avalon at Center Place, The Promenade, Providence G, Regency Plaza, The Residences, Waterplace, and Westminster Lofts. The tour is self-guided, and people are encouraged to walk or bike from place to place, although shuttle service will also be provided.

For a sneak peek at properties on the tour, see the slides, below.

“Whether people are considering a move into downtown Providence, or they simply want to preview city’s latest developments, we invite everyone to see how the neighborhood has noticeably evolved since our last tour in 2010," said tour organizer Joelle Kanter, program manager for The Providence Foundation. "In 2011 and 2012, 35 new retail businesses opened downtown, and this year, 10 have already opened. The quality and breadth of offerings are steadily improving, with new additions including popular eateries such as birch, Figidini, and UMelt."

2013 tour highlights

This summer, the Providence G opened in the former National Grid complex at 100 Dorrance Street. The building offers residents exceptional amenities including indoor parking, on-site laundry facilities, a fitness center, and concierge services. Its 51 apartments are a combination of studios, 1-bedroom and 2-bedrooms, and the ground floor will soon feature 3 restaurants and an event space.

The historic Arcade Providence will officially reopen this fall, housing 48 micro-lofts, ranging from 225 to 450 square feet on its two upper floors. The ground floor retail units are expected to open before the tour.

In 2012, the 444-unit Regency Plaza completed a 5-year, $14 million renovation including common area improvements and updated floors, bathrooms and kitchens in select apartments.

Waterplace has been selling homes at a rapid pace, with over 60 sales this year and 150 homes sold altogether.

Downtown living: the trends

The tour also celebrates downtown Providence’s significant residential growth, reflecting national trends favoring urban living. Between 2000 and 2010, the U.S. Census shows 70.6% growth in residential numbers in downtown Providence, rising trom 2,678 to 4,569. The trend is expected to continue with demand for downtown units at an all-time high, particularly among young professionals and empty nesters. According to Lindsey Hahn, property manager at the Westminster Lofts, “The196 apartments in our five buildings have remained 98-100% leased throughout 2013. The traffic has been steady, and people are begging us to start a wait list! During the tour, we look forward to showing off our residential units to a new audience and inviting them to visit our commercial spaces, including the 4 new eateries in the Biltmore Garage.” This sentiment is echoed by other property managers involved in the tour.

The Downtown Providence Living Tour is sponsored by The Providence Foundation, the Providence Downtown Improvement District, and participating properties, with additional support from the Civic Center Parking Garage, The Rhode Guide, Washington Trust and Downcity Parking. Buy advance tickets for $6 at or purchase them on-site during the tour for $10 at the registration center, AS220, 115 Empire Street. All tour-goers must check in at the AS220 registration center before visiting other properties. The website also includes information about the two parking lots offering guests special event rates with validation: the Civic Center Parking Garage, 165 Washington Street, and the Downcity Parking lot at 357 Westminster Street. Proceeds from living tour ticket sales benefit the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy’s year-round arts and cultural programming.

For tickets, go here. And to get a sneak peek at some of the properties on the tour, see the slides, below. 


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