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NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Steve DiCenso sits behind the desk in his very nice office in West Davisville Commons, an enterprise he began creating a decade ago from a rundown former Navy vehicle-and-equipment storage facility.
Today he owns a pair of the long, low-lying structures at 3338-342 Compass Circle as well as an adjacent tract of land. The state retains two buildings at the site. He was able to buy the property outright before the Quonset Development Corporation switched to a lease-only format.
His father, the late Mario DiCenso, had arrived on the former Navy base in 1996, taking over Building 16 at Quonset and rehabbing the place to relocate his jewelry industry-related peration from Johnston.
â€śIt was in bad shape,â€ť Steve recalls. â€śHe did it one floor at a time.â€ť
Meanwhile, Steve, who has a bachelorâ€™s degree in business from Purdue University, began developing as an investment â€“ in partnership with his brother, Michael â€“ the site that would become West Davisville Commons.
The result is a thriving enterprise of 645,000 square feet divided into 10,000 and 20,000 square foot spaces and land occupied by a variety of businesses on a three-year-lease basis.
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