Cumberland, Rhode Island
A small investment for historic rehabilitation can make a big difference. In Berkeley Mill Village, Nine small historic apartment buildings were repaired, and now continue to provide affordable housing for the city. An absentee owner had allowed the buildings to deteriorate before an the local housing authority repaired the structures with help from a state and federal historic preservation tax credit. Project work included general repair of exteriors, replacement of utility systems, lead paint removal, and improvements to interior finishes. The work effectively repaired the apartments for only $116,000 per unit. As a result of this project, neighboring building owners were inspired to improve their own properties, sparking community revitalization within Berkeley Mill Village.
Photo: One of nine apartment buildings after undergoing historic rehabilitation
– NPS file