HOPKINTON - A celebratory groundbreaking was held at the Rockville Mill on Monday, July 18, to acknowledge a project that will turn the abandoned space into 14 affordable rental homes. U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Gov. Lincoln Chafee were all on hand to address the gathered crowd and grab a shovel.
Construction on the project has already been underway, according to director of the Community Development Consortium Geoffrey Marchant, but a groundbreaking ceremony was held anyway to commemorate the efforts of everyone involved in this project.
Marchant, Senators Reed and Whitehouse, Gov. Chafee, Hopkinton Town Council President Sylvia Thompson, and a few other key players in the Rockville Mill project, put on hard hats and lifted shovels. They stood behind a small strip of dirt placed on top of concrete in front of the ancillary building at the mill site. Each member of the ground breaking team excavated a few small chunks of dirt to symbolize the beginning of an important project.
“This project is a perfect example of turning a liability into an asset,” said Gov. Chafee. “This formerly abandoned building, which previously was a risk to the community in terms of fire or vandalism, will now provide safe and affordable housing to Rhode Islanders in need. Groundbreaking on the Rockville Mill is good news for the town of Hopkinton, and projects such as this, which transform an unused and dilapidated space into a community asset, are good news for Rhode Island.”
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