Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci, Jr. (Ward 4) issued the following statement about the former Windmill Street Elementary School:
“I was pleased to learn that a contract was awarded by the Board of Contract and Supply to begin design and construction at the Windmill Street School. I look forward to seeing the Bacon Construction Co. Inc. revitalize the property and bring the school back to a functioning capacity.
“Ten years ago, the Providence Public School District decided to close Windmill Street Elementary School and no longer use it for classroom space. Since that time, I have advocated for this landmark neighborhood building to be revitalized. Unfortunately, for too long, the school has instead sat vacant, becoming a safety hazard due to repeated vandalism, and more recently, a fire which damaged a third-floor classroom in September. The City Council’s Finance Committee allocated $30.5 million towards the repair and renovation of this school in 2020 in an effort to renew the property and address some of the long-term classroom space and capacity issues facing the Providence Public School District.
“I am thrilled that the Windmill Street school will no longer be a threat to public safety and will finally return to its original purpose as a place for Providence youth to learn, grow, make friends and build futures. I hope that we can continue this momentum as we work together to improve schools across our city.”