Fane Tower

Dante Bellini

After nearly three full hours of testimony, the Providence City Council Ordinance Committee rejected a zoning request for a proposed 46-story building near downtown. The committee denied a request from The Fane Organization, a New York-based developer, to change the area's zoning from 100 feet to 600 feet.

Dozens of people testified for and against the project during the public hearing Wednesday night before the vote. Members of the construction and building trades union packed city hall early in the night, voicing support for the hundreds of jobs the project could generate.

Fane Organization / Dante Bellini

The proposal for a new skyscraper in Providence’s jewelry district is scheduled for a public hearing Wednesday. The city Ordinance Committee is the next group to take up the plan.

The proposal is designed for a vacant piece of land, where a highway used to cross downtown. The problem? The area is only zoned for buildings up to 100 feet tall.

The 46-story building in the proposal would be much higher than that. The New York based developer, the Fane Organization, is seeking a zoning change for up to 600 feet.

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New York developer Jason Fane’s proposal for a 600-foot residential tower in Providence’s I-195 District has sparked sharp debate. Fane calls his concept an iconic structure that would bring fresh vitality to Rhode Island’s capital. But opponents say the scale of the project is too big, and that the I-195 District is the wrong location.

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Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Political Roundtable to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's move to legalize sports betting -- an expected windfall for many states -- and the controversy over the Fane tower proposal in Providence.

Dante Bellini

Plans for what would be the tallest building in Providence hit a bump in the road recently. The Providence City Plan Comission voted against recommending approval of zoning changes for the controversial 46-story Hope Point Tower. 

The commission’s vote came despite a planning staff report that found the project complied with the city’s comprehensive plan, which encourages mixed-use development downtown.

In a statement, Fane Organization spokesman Dante Bellini said, “We will take time to reflect upon their decision and any next steps.”

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the state budget, problems with the UHIP IT system, the controversial Fane tower proposed in Providence, and much more.

Dante Bellini

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. 

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The Providence city plan commission will meet Wednesday to review plans for a new skyscraper proposed for the city’s Jewelry District.