Past future collide at Providence Academy

first_imgWhat would Mother Joseph say? What does city code say?Those are questions many asked when they first saw renderings of two five-story apartments, with shops on the ground floor, near Providence Academy.“(Mother Joseph) was an architect, a teacher and a nun. What would she have done 100-plus years ago?” said lifelong Vancouver resident Nancy Denny. “Would she think this is a good idea?”Past and future are colliding at the 19th century building. The Historic Trust, the nonprofit that manages the former academy and orphanage, has agreed to sell nearby land to become home to a pair of mixed-use buildings.Some view the renderings and worry the buildings will clash with Providence Academy’s historic character, like its red brick. Officials with the trust, on the other hand, try to temper those concerns. The renderings may change, they say.“I’ve had great dialogue with people as it relates to this, trying to put people at ease to these unknowns, but the reality is, this in such an early stage,” said Mike True, president and CEO of The Historic Trust.“There’s a lot of process that will engage the city, engage the public and outside influences to make sure this is a development that is compatible with the academy,” he added.last_img read more