The Fane organization is seeking a zoning change in regards to the proposed Hope Point Tower (pictured above). The New York developer wants to build a true skyscraper in Providence.
Fane is proposing to create a new height subdistrict that would allow the building to be as tall as 600 feet on the site.
Dante Bellini, Fane Organization Spokesman, said they’re excited about to show what they believe is “something truly iconic for the city.”
Bellini said some cities grow and other cities don't. "If you look at emerging cities, like Boston or Toronto, they're going vertical," he said.
However, not everyone agrees with Bellini's thoughts. Olin Thompson said the number one reason of opposition against the Fane Tower is preservation of the space.
"People want to preserve the park. And this is not just about the next two years, this is about preserving our park for 30, 40, 50 , 70 years. Your great grandchildren want to play in this park," Thompson said.
Jewelry District Association President, Sharon Steele said there are plenty of other places in Providence where Fane can build a tower that wouldn’t require a zoning change. "They can look to build a tower where in fact it would be in a cluster of towers or where in face the zoning were created so that the shorter buildings would hug the river and the park and build to the outer edges," Steele said.
The City Plan Commission is hearing discussion from both sides.