The Providence Arcade is nearly 2 centuries old, but when Evan Granoff bought it was considered one of the city’s most endangered properties.
Realizing that the demand for commercial space would never match that for downtown housing.
Granoff decided to convert the upper floors of the country’s first indoor mall into tiny loft apartments.
At just 225 square feet, the smallest units would have fallen below the city’s minimum size standard for apartments so Granoff decided to classify his micro-lofts as a rooming house.
The Providence rooming house code allows for rooms as small as 80 square feet (single occupancy), as long as they don’t have a cooking facility.