‘Out of the box' thinking to address R.I.'s housing crisis: Adaptive reuse

Woonsocket Middle School closed its doors 14 years ago. Today, in the largest abandoned school in New England, glass crunches underfoot, water dama...

September 26, 2023
8:08 AM

Woonsocket Middle School closed its doors 14 years ago. Today, in the largest abandoned school in New England, glass crunches underfoot, water damage warps the floors in the basement and the ceiling tiles flake with age.  Now, organizers hope to breathe new life into the abandoned building, which clocks in at over 200,000 square feet, by transforming the structure into around 150 apartments. Woonsocket Middle School is just one of various adaptive reuse projects in Rhode Island that recycle buildings, such as storage space and office buildings, for purposes different from what their original architects imagined.

Stella Chen