2014-09-25 / Around Town

Carey School to Become Condos

Newport had barely learned that the former Sheffield Elementary School on Broadway will become a high-profile business incubator, when the fate of a second vacant elementary school, the former Carey School, also surfaced.

The 118-year-old Carey School building, at 32 Carey Street between Bellevue Avenue and Lower Thames Street, will, by year’s end, have been transformed into 13 luxury condominiums. The units sell for between mid-$300,000s and $760,000. The school has been vacant since 2009.

“Downtown Newport is rich with history,” said Colin O’Keeffe, coowner of Boston-based Arch Street Development LLC, the company that will handle the development. “It’s important that the new Carey Street condominiums reflect that.”

Arch Street promotes itself as specializing in “redevelopment, adaptive reuse and preservation of historic buildings in the Northeast.” According to the developer, the project calls for a mix of one-, twoand three-bedroom units that will preserve the building’s original features. The project will also include two on-site parking spaces per unit.

“This project is great for both Arch Street and the city,” O’Keeffe said in a press release. “We really enjoy repurposing older buildings and are excited to return this one to its neighborhood.”

Other contractors involved in the project include Durkee Brown Viveiros Werenfels Architects; Behan Bros., general contractor; J.A.M. Construction Company, site excavating, paving; DiPrete Engineering, site engineering services.

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