Greater City Providence

April 8, Zoning Board of Review hearing on Vista Della Torre

The Vista Della Torre project will have a hearing at the Zoning Board of Review on Tuesday, April 8th at 7:30pm in the Probate Court Room, 5th Floor of Providence City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street.

TALON REALTY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP AND THE PROVIDENCE HOUSING AUTHORITY, PROPERTY OWNERS AND TALON REALTY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, APPLICANT: 21 & 32 Federal Street at Bradford Street. The applicant is requesting relief from Sections 305, 305.1(10), 418, 420.2 and 425, a dimensional variance, and seeks relief from regulations governing maximum height, minimum lot area per dwelling unit, building lines and articulations and corner setback in order to construct a new building measuring 250 feet in height on the Tax Assessor’s Plat 25, Lot 7 and Parcel B-1 of a previously obtained subdivision (formerly a 4,206 square foot portion of land on the Tax Assessor’s Plat 26, Lot 59) and over that portion of Federal Street between the two lots. This proposal is for 174 residential units with approximately 4,100 square feet of retail space predominately to support the residences, a function room and fitness center for the residents only and 345 parking spaces, 50 of which will be reserved for the Dominica Manor (Lot 59). The maximum height permitted is 45 feet and the minimum lot area per dwelling unit requirement is 1,200 square feet per unit, therefore the requirement for 174 units is 208,800 square feet of land area. The subject property measures a total of 9,626 square feet of land area, not counting the 4,748 square feet air rights component. The applicant proposes to meet the requirements of Section 425 (canopy coverage) off site.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • Interesting. We’re now starting to see the westward push on large buildings. I offhandedly predicted this about 8 or 9 years ago. Downtown is pretty much built out. If you want to go high density you go westward now.

  • Yup, Tony, Downtown needs more buildings. The fact that so much of it is surface parking is an embarrassment. Residential neighborhoods like do not need this kind of (luxury) density that will effectively make Federal Street a private way.

    In this economy I’m surprised this project is still happening although I have always maintained that this is actually a place holder for something else–with the street abandonment and the air rights? I’m thinking a gigantic surface parking lot with a towering sign.

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