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May, 21 2013

Rumford Center Wins 2013 Grow Smart Rhode Island Award

Smart Growth leaders, projects and plans to be honored at June 10th Awards Reception 

Rumford, Rhode Island - May 13, 2013:  Saying there's no better way to promote the many  benefits of smart growth than to profile successful local examples, Grow Smart Rhode Island will honor and celebrate individuals, plans and projects that play to Rhode Island's strengths, generate sustainable economic benefits and improve communities and neighborhoods in the process.


The 2013 Smart Growth Awards will recognize two inspiring leaders, five transformative smart growth projects and one visionary plan for Main Street revitalization.  The public was invited to nominate candidates by March 15th and a selection committee made up of Grow Smart Board members and staff made the final selections.


The Rumford Center, located in East Providence, Rhode Island, was one of the projects chosen for the category "Outstanding Smart Growth Projects".  Famous for its most prominent product, baking powder, the former 1856 Rumford Chemical Works was redeveloped by the Kirkbrae Development Corp. and Peregrine Holdings LLC of East Providence in 2009.  The project involves the redevelopment of an 8.5 acre, 200,000 SF historic mill into a mixed-use complex that includes homes, jobs and restaurants.  By 2005, several buildings in the complex had fallen into disrepair and were in danger of condemnation.  Fortunately due to opportune timing and the presence of State Historic Tax Credits, the future of the complex took a dramatic turn from an endangered historic property to a vibrant mixed-use development that has redefined and revitalized this section of Rumford in the City of East Providence. 


The 2nd Annual Rhode Island Smart Growth Awards will be presented on Monday, June 10th, at a 5:30 p.m. reception and ceremony to be held at the Pawtucket based Hope Artiste Village, itself a 2012 award-winner for its redeveloped mill space that is home to more than 90 business tenants. 


Tickets to attend are $50 and can be reserved at