Smart Growth Presents NCA with Adaptive Reuse Award for IYRS


NCA’s Adaptive Re-use Project Earns 2013 Smart Growth Award


Grow Smart Rhode Island recently honored individuals, projects and plans that play to Rhode Island’s strengths, generate sustainable economic benefits and improve communities and neighborhoods in the process.

NCA’s adaptive re-use project for Aquidneck Mill in Newport, RI earned the 2013 Outstanding Smart Growth Project Award. The 1831 Aquidneck Steam Mill, one of the four largest original Newport Mills, was redeveloped in 2009 with the help of Rhode Island’s State Historic Tax Credit program. Located on Thames Street in Newport Harbor, the adaptive re-use of the historic landmark by the International Yacht Restoration School and NCA preserved an important asset, allowed for school expansion, the addition of a maritime research library, and created 20,000 SF of commercial lease space available to outside companies and those working in the marine trades, an important economic development asset to the Ocean State.

NCA also earned the Doris Duke Historic Preservation Award for Aquidneck Mill.

Grow Smart Rhode Island is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that advocates sustainable economic growth that builds upon and strengthens Rhode Island’s exceptional quality of place.

Grow Smart Rhode Island works to achieve:

  • Revitalized, walkable urban and town centers
  • Housing options and affordability
  • Expanded transportation choices
  • A vital agricultural sector
  • Responsible stewardship of natural resources

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