Arcade Providence

Arcade Providence converted a failed three-story shopping mall into a multi-use facility.  The first floor remains as retail space which the upper floors became mini-apartments, each between 225 and 300 square feet.  This is not really a homeless project, but deserves attention for its creative reuse of an urban space.

The typical unit includes a bathroom and kitchen with refrigerator and microwave but no stove.

While this is quite different from the other mini-houses, it offers several innovations worth consideration:

  • Reuse of an existing building, including preservation of historical facade
  • Mixing of commercial and residential spaces
  • Location in center of commercial district
  • Rooms larger than most but still within the realm of mini-houses.

New story describing the Arcade

 

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