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You can now live in an apartment inside America’s oldest mall

With many of America’s shopping malls permanently closing back in the 2008 recession, the oldest indoor mall in the country has found a new way to keep business afloat: by letting people live there.

The Arcade Providence in Rhode Island is a National Historic Landmark that closed down in 2008. Recognising the building’s history, developer Evan Granoff purchased the place for $7 million and worked with Northeast Collaborative Architects (NCA) to transform it into mixed-use housing.

Keeping the Arcade’s beautiful Greek revival architecture intact, the designers were able to turn dilapidated, run-down shops into 48 low-cost apartments on the top two floors, with 17 commercial establishments on the ground floor.

Each apartment comes with a built-in bed, a bathroom, storage, and a kitchen with a refrigerator, sink, dishwasher, and microwave. There are also common areas like a game room, an on-site laundry facility, bike storage, and parking right across the street.

The Arcade Providence has one-, two-, and three-bedroom units available, with rents starting at $550 a month. You’d have to wait to live inside this historic shopping mall though, because there are already 4000 people on the waiting list!

Via Inhabitat

You can now live in an apartment inside America's oldest mall
You can now live in an apartment inside America's oldest mall
You can now live in an apartment inside America's oldest mall
You can now live in an apartment inside America's oldest mall
You can now live in an apartment inside America's oldest mall
You can now live in an apartment inside America's oldest mall
You can now live in an apartment inside America's oldest mall

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