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$42 Million Mixed Used Redevelopment Project Breaks Ground in Hospital District

Published on March 14, 2011

The Providence Community Health Centers, Inc. (PCHC) broke ground today for a $42 million health services, office and retail complex at 369 Prairie Ave. in South Providence.   The new facility, at the former Federal Lithographers site adjacent to the state's academic-medical hub, will be a vital economic engine for the South Providence neighborhood reconnecting a distressed community to the economic mainstream.  The mixed used project includes a new 41,100 square-foot health center; 50,000 square-foot office space; and 5,000 square-foot retail building.  Lifespan, as the state's largest hospital network and private employer, will be the anchor tenant in the commercial office building and Walgreens will lease space in the project's retail building.   

With government funding and tax-exempt bond financing secured, PCHC will commence construction in this month with completion projected for early spring 2012. In December, 2010, PCHC received a nationally-competitive $2.99 million construction grant award from the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) that was obtained with the support of Rhode Island's U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, as well as Councilman Luis Aponte and former Councilwoman Balbina Young. Additional grants have come from Congressional Appropriations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (for site clean-up), the Champlin Foundation, and the Ida Ballou Littlefield Memorial Trust.

"This is a great example of a public-private partnership that will create sustainable jobs anchored by the state's largest industry sector, stimulate additional economic development, and expand health services for families in the Greater Providence area," Senator Reed said.

Established in 1968, PCHC provides neighborhood-based, high quality and accessible primary medical care for residents of Providence and surrounding communities, regardless of their ability to pay. PCHC operates ten sites in Providence including health centers, a school-based health clinic, a dental clinic, an STD clinic and a clinic for the homeless. PCHC served 36,789 patients in 2010. PCHC is the state's largest primary community health center provider.

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