The Village Lofts at Hope Artiste Village Holds Grand Opening

By February 4, 2020 Engineering News

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The Village Lofts, Rhode Island’s newest mill to loft conversion project, has opened its doors after a recent ribbon cutting. The five-story building, located off Esten Avenue in Pawtucket, includes 149 loft style apartments.

Owner of the 187,335 square foot building, Urban Smart Growth, teamed with DiPrete Engineering, David Presbrey Architects, Garcia Galuska DeSousa Inc., Northeast Engineers & Consultants, Inc., and builders Metric Corporation, to design and create the 149 open-concept loft units ranging in size from 500 to 1,400 square feet. Construction financing was obtained through Santander along with the utilization of both State and Federal Historic Tax Credits and an allocation of Rebuild RI credits.

The new lofts are located right next door to Hope Artiste Village, with a public connection through a restored pedestrian bridge, and a tenant-only bridge at another location in the building. Hope Artiste Village, another mill conversion mixed-use development, includes over 165 local businesses offering a variety of retail, services, food, activities, and events.

village lofts hope artiste“We are really happy with what we were able to accomplish here,” said Michael Gazdacko, Director of Development & Operations at Urban Smart Growth. “Both the Hope Artiste Village and the Village Lofts have made a positive impact on the area’s revitalization and we’re looking forward to its continued resurgence.”

DiPrete Engineering completed permitting through the Pawtucket Building Department and received approvals from Narragansett Bay Commission Commercial Sewer Connection and Narragansett Bay Commission Stormwater Connection. The team also provided construction assistance during sidewalk, roadway, and parking area alterations.

The units feature modern kitchens, bathrooms, closets, and large windows. The building includes 52 storage units for tenants in the lower floors. Parking for the lofts includes 396 spaces. For more information on the project or to schedule a tour, please visit

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