LLB on Providence Business News cover

Lerner Ladds + Bartels was featured on the cover of Providence Business News on January 31, 2011 in the article "Old paper mill no longer an outlier; architecture firm plans renovation" by staff writer Chris Barrett.

For many years, the redbrick mill at 161 Exchange St. in Pawtucket was an outlier in the city’s attempts to build an arts and entertainment district. Despite four stories and a prominent location around the corner from City Hall, the empty building did nothing to spur life downtown.

That is scheduled to change in late April. It’s then that the architecture firm Lerner Ladds + Bartels Inc. plans to complete a renovation of the building near the Blackstone River. The firm will move its Providence offices and 19 employees to the top floor and offer the two middle floors to companies with a creative spin. The first floor, under the control of the building’s former owner, will likely become retail space and a coffee shop.

The $2.7 million project promises to breathe life into the last vacant building in the area wedged between the Blackstone River and Interstate 95.

“It sends a strong message that this is the place to be, especially with this company in downtown,” said Herb Weiss, the city’s economic and cultural affairs officer. “It’s a home run for the city’s effort to attract a creative-sector economy.”

Read more at Old paper mill no longer an outlier; architecture firm plans renovation on PBN.

(Photo by Frank Mullin)