RI turns former ice cream plant into affordable housing for released inmates

Providence, R.I. – A $4.3 million project to turn a former Providence ice cream plant into affordable apartments for former inmates trying to reintegrate into society is kicking off.

Mayor David Cicilline and Rhode Island prisons chief A.T. Wall are scheduled to attend Monday's groundbreaking ceremony on Plainfield Street.

The project is being developed by the nonprofit OpenDoors. The organization plans to move its offices into the building, which will include 19 apartments. It will also assist tenants by providing counseling and helping with job searches.

Richard Godfrey, executive director of Rhode Island Housing, tells The Providence Journal that the goal is keep the inmates out of further trouble.

The former Sealtest ice cream factory has been vacant for 20 years.