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Amaral Building Adaptive Reuse Amaral Building Exterior

In September 2022, the Town was awarded a $1 million Community Development Block Grant to rehabilitate the historic building at 16 Mill Street. Read more on Valley Breeze.

Northeast Collaborative Architects, hired with money granted from the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, determined in February 20022 that rehabilitation of the building will amount to an estimated $1.8 million. For the remaining cost, the Town is seeking another grant for community health centers and anticipates the use of monies allocated to the Town through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Originally constructed circa 1890 by the Valley Falls Company and formerly referred to as the Old Post Office, the Amaral Building behind Town Hall was likely intended to be used as a company store. In the years since, it has been used as a post office, a library, and a grocery store with an upstairs residence. View the National Register nomination for the Cumberland Town Hall Historic District, which includes more information about the building.

The Town will establish an Office of Community Based Health and Engagement (OCBHE) within the Amaral Building as an outlet wherein various local organizations - including Cumberland’s all paramedic-level EMS Department, the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, and the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry - can provide services in the heart of Valley Falls among some of Cumberland’s most underserved populations.

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