Providence neighborhoods are under attack. Predatory developers are buying family homes near local colleges and converting them into de-facto dorms-- turning residential neighborhoods into their personal piggy banks.
Existing zoning rules either contain glaring loopholes or are not being enforced. As a result, the problem is rapidly growing all over the city. Recently, a developer bought a 6-bedroom home where a single family had lived for decades, and he has rented it to 13 students. He just bought an identical house next door, and several more a block away. On Benefit Street, developers have transformed dozens of homes into tenements.
Let’s stop absentee landlords from buying up historic homes and stuffing them with students, violating both the letter and spirit of existing density laws.
Providence residents, please attend the public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27th at Providence City Hall, 3rd Floor, and demand that the City Council pass an ordinance to protect residential neighborhoods from this exploitation.
Friends of College Hill Zoning