Prov­i­dence panel en­dorses sky­scraper

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — Of­fi­cials in Prov­i­dence are sup­port­ing a zon­ing change that would al­low a pro­posed 46-story sky­scraper.

The Prov­i­dence City Coun­cil Or­di­nance Com­mit­tee voted Thurs­day to rec­om­mend ap­proval to raise the max­i­mum build­ing height at Par­cel 42 to 600 feet. The com­mit­tee had pre­vi­ously de­nied rec­om­mend­ing a zon­ing change for New York devel­oper Ja­son Fane’s pro­posed Hope Point Tower.

Coun­cilor Jo-Ann Ryan says Prov­i­dence needs “to em­brace de­vel­op­ers.” Crit­ics of the project like Coun­cil­man Bryan Principe say the de­ci­sion shows that “zon­ing doesn’t mat­ter.” The sky­scraper has re­ceived push­back from com­mu­nity mem­bers as well.

Mayor Jorge Elorza has said he’s open to the change, but that he has ques­tions about the Hope Tower’s de­sign.

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