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The project 21, the hike on the East Coast, is being built as part of a $1.9 billion project to transform a series of historic properties.

But the project is being run as a community-owned project, meaning everyone who wants to participate in the construction is able to do so, with the funds being used to support programs like literacy, health, food security, housing, arts, recreation and environmental stewardship.

“Hiking is not just a summer activity for the affluent, it’s a life skill,” said Project 21 Executive Director Mike Hulburt.

“It’s about finding the connection between what you need to be good and what you are.”

The project aims to restore an historic structure called The Bancroft Building on the banks of the Narragansett River in Newport, Rhode Island, and create a new community center and office space.

The project is part of an overall effort to save historic properties and make them accessible to all, including the homeless, seniors, and people with disabilities.

In addition to the historic properties, Project 21 will be restoring a small park in the area and providing more permanent support for the community through programs like youth development, art education, food service, community engagement, and affordable housing.

The organization is also partnering with local nonprofits and groups to expand its programs to other neighborhoods.

“This project is so important,” Hulbrurt said.

“People can’t get enough of these opportunities to do great things.”

The construction site, in Newport and Newport News, RI, is the first in the project to be fully open. 

A photo posted by Mike Hulsburt (@project21project) on Jun 25, 2018 at 8:33pm PDT The first phase of the project, a portion of which will be opened for public use starting in 2019, will include building a park with about 120 units of affordable housing, including an arts and culture center.

The remainder of the property will be restored to a historic structure with a kitchen, dining space, and a storage space for the historic materials. 

“Our mission is to preserve these historic structures, which provide opportunities for local communities to engage in meaningful and meaningful civic engagement,” Hulsgurt said, adding that the project will also help restore the community’s connection to the outdoors.

The historic structure, the Bancrotft Building, was constructed in 1873 and was home to the first bank of the Atlantic River, and was one of the largest in the United States at the time.

“The Bancropft was one the first buildings to be built in Newport,” said Hulbert.

“These buildings are the fabric of our city and the heart of our communities.”

The B-Frame, a steel structure with brick facades, was first built in 1884 by the Newport Housing Corporation.

Hulbor said that the structure has a variety of uses, including as a meeting space, library, and recreation center.

He said that Project 21 has a strong commitment to the preservation of the building and the communities around it.

“We want to help to make it a place where people feel safe to be a part of Newport, and that’s why we’re here,” Hullburt said of the restoration of the historic structure. 

The project is also providing the project with an office space, which Hulblurt said will serve as a gathering place for the staff of Project 21 and other volunteer staff who are committed to helping the community recover from the effects of the Great Recession.

“Our team of volunteer workers will be here in the office, but they’re not here for the project,” Hulinburt added.

“They’re here to help restore these buildings and the buildings around them, to make sure they’re functional again.

We hope that they’ll be part of the community for a long time to come.”

The site for the first phase. 

An aerial view of the B-Framed Building and its original exterior facade. 

More photos and more info on the project can be found on the Project 21 website and on Twitter. 

Project 21 is located at 871-898-8010, Newport News Historic, Newport, RI. 

@project21 is a nonprofit organization created to support and restore historic structures and their surrounding land, infrastructure, and natural and cultural resources.

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