Plan to transform St. Joseph’s Hospital into Providence school facility shuttered

This is a photo of St Josephs Health Center in Providence. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The plan to turn the former St. Joseph’s Hospital property on Peace Street into a Providence school facility will not go forward.

A RIDE spokesman confirmed the decision Wednesday evening, a day after the agency announced a $500 million plan to rebuild Providence schools.

“The cost to demolish and then rebuild at this location is $76 million. By not pursuing this project, PPSD will save $18 million and invest these savings to instead create two new Pre-K to 8 facilities at Fogarty Elementary and Kizirian Elementary — rather than just one at Peace Street,” read the statement.

The former hospital, which is owned by former Providence mayor and businessman Joe Paolino, was donated by Paolino to the city in 2020.

In a statement, Paolino said he has not been informed yet by the city on the decision to shutter the project.

“In order to help the Providence Public School system, I recognized they needed to build more schools and made an agreement to donate the East Building on Peace Street and the parking lot on Plenty Street. I worked with neighborhood officials to get the necessary zoning that was required which would not only include housing but classrooms as well,” said Paolino.

ABC 6 News has reached out to Mayor Jorge Elorza for further comment on the future of the building and are awaiting a response.

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