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