Hope Street Child Care Center

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

The Hope Street School, a landmark of Woonsocket’s Constitution Hill neighborhood and a building on the National Register of Historic Places, had been closed since 1977 when NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (NWBRV), a non-profit community development corporation, proposed to renovate and revive the vacant and deteriorating space. In collaboration with neighborhood residents and the Historic Preservation Commission, NWBRV was able to move forward with plans to convert the school into a community facility that could meet the needs of an area with high levels of economic distress by housing a child care center and community programming.

Year Completed2006
Construction TypeAdaptive reuse of vacant masonry
building with significant
renovation in partnership with CDC
Development Cost
Sources of
Funds/Capital Stack
Government Grants
Recoverable Grants
New Market Tax Credits
Square Footage14,200 SF
# of Children104
# of Classrooms2 toddler classrooms
2 preschool classrooms
2 state pre-k classrooms
1 school age classroom
Construction Cost/Child$54,807/child
Construction Cost/SF$401/SF
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