40-unit housing development proposed for Child Street

By Ethan Hartley
Posted 11/24/22

East Bay Community Development Corporation received a grant of $800,000 from RI Housing’s Site Acquisition Program to purchase the 4.5-acre parcel at 581 Child St.

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40-unit housing development proposed for Child Street

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The East Bay Community Development Corporation recently announced their acquisition of a 4.5-acre parcel located at 581 Child St. in Warren — in close proximity to Kickemuit Middle School — where they intend to construct 40 units of rental housing split among more than a dozen multi-family style houses.

East Bay Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit company formerly known as the Bristol Foundation, received a grant of $800,000 from RI Housing’s Site Acquisition Program to purchase the land.

“We are so excited to continue to create safe, affordable homes for residents of Warren. We thank RI Housing and the Town of Warren for their assistance and faith in our plans,” said Diane Mederos, Executive Director at East Bay Community Development Corporation in a press release announcing the project.

The development, named “Penny Lane,” after the existing property owner of the parcel, will include multiple one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for residents earning up to 60 percent of the area median income (AMI). It is being applied through a comprehensive permit application, which residents might be familiar with as the application type being utilized by the developer of the 119 Water St. project, which is currently undergoing negotiations with the planning board.

While Town Planner Bob Rulli said that the East Bay Community Development Corporation has been good to work with thus far, he was looking forward to the approval process, which is expected not to begin until this upcoming spring. The developer hopes that the project will be complete and ready for occupancy some time in 2025.

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