- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former Providence mayor plans to convert a building that once housed a hospital into a social service center that will provide housing to about 300 homeless people.

Joseph Paolino (pay-oh-LEE’-noh) said Monday he has purchased and will develop the former St. Joseph’s Hospital building on the city’s south side. He says he’s working with city-based KITE Architects on the project and intends to partner with the state’s social service agencies.

It’s unclear how much Paolino paid for the nine-story building.

Paolino’s plans call for about 160 housing units. Architectural renderings include a space for job training, a group kitchen and a police substation.

Paolino says he wants to tackle homelessness in the city.

The Democrat served as the city’s mayor from 1984 to 1990.

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