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Rumford Library Transforming Into Home

East Providence City Council approves sale to Riverside buyer who agrees to deed restriction for home so it can't be used for commercial space.

Former Rumford Library branch in East Providence.
Former Rumford Library branch in East Providence.

Editor's note: Originally posted July 22, 2013 at 5 a.m.; edited Jan. 6, 2014. 

Where once there was a library in Rumford will soon be a single-family home.

The East Providence City Council approved last Tuesday, July 16, the sale of the former Rumford Library branch at 1392 Pawtucket Ave. to a private buyer. The sale price was $230,000.

The buyer is a Riverside resident who plans to convert the 108-year-old building into her home. The sale did come with a condition: a deed restriction that prohibits the buyer from converting the building into commercial space for at least 30 years.

The library building was part of the group of parcels earmarked last year by the East Providence Budget Commission to be closed and sold as surplus property. The sale was handled by Keller-Williams realtors, which was awarded the contract to sell the surplus property.

The vote by the City Council was unanimous. The property was the third parcel sold off the surplus property list, which also includes the branch library building in Kent Heights. 

Two vacant lots used as parking on Harding Avenue in Riverside also have been approved for sale. 

Nick Fury July 22, 2013 at 09:52 AM
"The sale did come without a conditions". Does anyone proofread any of the stories written on here?
William Rupp (Editor) July 23, 2013 at 07:20 PM
I'm disappointed that the Council caved in to the State-Appointed Budget Commission, yet again. Where is our democracy? The City Council can't agree on anything else, but it can agree on selling off our historic buildings??? What's next the Carousel??? We need to get the Real Estate brokers out of City Hall...

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