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Ellie’s Bakery Relocates to the Alice Building

It is with great excitement that our team is announcing the relocation of the much loved Ellie’s bakery to the Alice Building at 250 Westminster Street. Ellie’s has long been a staple in the downtown Providence community, first opening as Cornish’s inaugural retail tenant in the then newly renovated Biltmore Garage on Washington Street in …

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Repost from the Providence Journal, submitted by Cliff Wood, Executive Director of the Providence Foundation.

Coming together and understanding the way developments are achieved is important for the addition of housing during this great time where units are greatly needed. Originally published by the Providence Journal on February 11, 2024 at 6:15 a.m. Read the original here and repost below: Apartment construction booming across US. Why not RI? | Opinion …

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Cielito Mexican Kitchen to Open in the Alice Building

Cielito Mexican Kitchen is opening on the ground floor of the Alice Building this spring. Cielito will open at 186 Union Street–most recently home to beloved Oberlin. The restaurant will be the second project from chef and owner Diego Alcantar who is also the owner and chef behind Central Fall’s James Beard Foundation nominated Tuxpan Taqueria.  The new restaurant will be open for …

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Announcing New Improvements to Grant’s Block for Spring

We’re thrilled to share with you our new plans for Grant’s Block. If you’ve passed by recently, you’re aware that the construction is well underway. The park space at the corner of Union and Westminster streets is being updated to include new perimeter seating surrounding the existing park area, improved lighting throughout the park and …

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Oberlin to Open in the Trayne Building

For those still heartbroken by Benjamin Sukle’s first-born birch closing during the pandemic, we have just the remedy for you: the chef/owner of Oberlin, Johnson and Wales grad and multiple James Beard Foundation “Best Chef Northeast” Award nominee is once again making major moves in the local culinary scene. Two, in fact.

Cornish Associates and Receives the 2023 Outstanding Smart Growth Project Award

In Spring of 2023, Cornish Associates was honored by Grown Smart RI with their 2023 Outstanding Smart Growth Project Award for our work on the redevelopment of the Trayne, Lapham and WIT projects. Our team was recognized amongst an outstanding group of leaders in Rhode Island and it was an incredible honor to be included. We were fortunate to be led by Union Studios Architects on these three projects.

Buff Chace Honored by the Boy Scouts of America

In 2021, the Boy Scouts of America: Narragansett Council honored Buff Chace with their Distinguished Citizens Award. The award honors individuals who share Scouting’s belief in leadership, determination and values, and have contributed significantly to the growth and vitality to our community. It was a tremendous honor to be the recipient of this important award and to have the opportunity to meet many members of the Boy Scouts of America Narragansett Council.

Nordblom Company and Cornish Associates Purchase the Providence Journal Building

Nordblom Company and Cornish Associates are pleased to announce their joint purchase of the historic Providence Journal Building located at 75 Fountain Street in the heart of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. This purchase also includes two adjoining parking lots at 78 Fountain Street and 1 Eddy Street. The Seller was A.H. Belo, who had owned these three properties and the newspaper until its sale in late 2014. The CBRE team, lead by Senior Vice President/Partner Alden Anderson, oversaw the transaction.

Focus on the Long Term

When COVID-19 surfaced, the pandemic cut the ties that bound our communities together. Overnight, businesses were without customers, and many were left to create survival plans alone. In downtown, with our business tenants facing the unimaginable challenges presented by the pandemic, we knew our efforts would be critical to their survival.” Read more about what we learned here.

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