TJ Maxx is Open!

Sue Rotella was looking forward to doing some shopping as she stood in line to check out the new T.J. Maxx in Chapel View on Sept. 8. “I love T.J. Maxx,” she said. “They have the best prices.” By the time the doors opened at 8 a.m., more than 50 people were waiting to enter. […]

Neighborhood of the Week

CRANSTON — Cranston’s largest new development, the $95-million Chapel View retail/office/condo complex, sits next to the aging brick and stone buildings at the state government’s sprawling office complex…

Chapel View Expands

City and state officials were invited by a developer Tuesday to tour a new office building in Cranston.

Chapel View Still Rising

Chapel View, the mixed-use development in Cranston, is expected to be completed this fall. The building at the right was the chapel at the old Sockanosset Training School for Boys; it is being transformed into a restaurant. The Providence Journal / Kris Craig

A Reform School, Reborn

CRANSTON, R.I. — This suburb of Providence has not been spared the economic decline that has swept the rest of Rhode Island, where the unemployment rate, 10.5 percent, is one of the highest in the country.

Chapel View development coming into focus

If you haven’t been to Cranston recently, you might want to take a look at the evolving Chapel View development at the intersection of Route 2 and Sockanosset Cross Road. For the past few years, the hilltop site, just south of the Garden City Shopping Center and the flashy new Whole Foods, has been under construction by its owners, Carpionato Properties, as a high-end shopping and dining destination. In recent months, enough stores and restaurants have opened there to warrant a look around, although many holes remain to be filled. It’s an attractive-looking development, well laid out around several major buildings distinctively accented with stone, beige stucco, and glass. The development is named for a Medieval-looking stone chapel at its center, which is destined eventually to become a fancy restaurant.

A New View in Cranston

A decade after it unveiled the $75-million project, Carpionato Properties is racing to complete Chapel View, an ambitious collection of housing, retail, restaurant and office space that is reshaping the Cranston skyline.

Old R.I. Reform School to be Lifestyle Center

History will meet contemporary lifestyle center design in December, when Chapel View opens in Cranston, R.I. A historic old school and church will be reborn as a village-style retail, residential and office complex.