City Council Public Hearing on proposed zoning change for Hope Point Tower – July 18, 2018

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Rendering of proposed Hope Point Tower

Public Hearing Set for Hope Point Tower
WHAT: City Council’s Committee on Ordinances will hold a public hearing on text change and change in zoning map for the property located on Assessor’s Plat 20, Lot 397 (250 Dyer Street). The proposed development is commonly referred to as the “Fane Tower” or “Hope Point Tower.”

WHO: Committee on Ordinances: Senior Deputy Majority Leader Terrence Hassett, Chairman; Councilman Bryan Principe, Vice-Chairman; Councilwoman Carmen Castillo; Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris; Majority Whip Jo-Ann Ryan
Petitioner: William R. Landry, Blish & Cavanagh, LLP

WHERE: City Council Chamber (Third Floor), Providence City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903

WHEN: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 beginning at 5:30 PM (Public Comment Sign-Up will begin on or around 5:00 PM)

Providence City Council’s Committee on Ordinances will hold a public hearing regarding a text change and change in zoning map for the property located on Assessor’s Plat 20, Lot 397 (250 Dyer Street). The proposed development is commonly referred to as the “Fane Tower” or the “Hope Point Tower.”

If any person wishes to make public comment they are asked to sign in prior to the 5:30 PM meeting start time. The chambers will open on or around 5:00 PM and sign ups will begin at the same time.

Constituents who are unable to attend the public hearing may provide written testimony by mail or email to Lori L. Hagen, City Clerk: or City Clerk, 25 Dorrance Street, Room 311, Providence, RI 02903. (Please note, if you submit written testimony you are not required to appear or read your testimony at the public hearing.)

Offices and City Council Chambers are accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you are in need of interpreter services for the hearing impaired, please contact the Office of Neighborhood Services at 421-7768 not less than 48 hours in advance of the hearing date.

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  1. Real skyline changing development is what Providence needs. We have to build vertically. This project sends a message that Providence is finally open for modern development. It will also partially solve the housing crisis downtown by adding more residential (for sale) units, and reallocating housing supply in other parts of the city to those who can not afford or do not wish to live downtown.

    I am excited at the prospects that downtown will come closer to being a sustainable community by adding more full-time residents. Hopefully this is the beginning of a pivot towards higher density development in Rhode Island.

    I’d vote yes, but then again, I would have approved all 3 of his towers and the 1,000+ apartments and condos that came with them.

  2. I compare this tower to the Prudential center in Boston. Outside the typical downtown of Boston, it’s now a major landmark and sparked more development in Boston. Build it!

  3. I am completely for the building of this tower and subsequent development as a result. There is a major housing crisis in Providence, and this can set the precedent that our community is open for change.

    Those in clear opposition who view this as an impediment need to remove the blinders. We have a substantial opportunity here that shouldn’t be squandered. Build it, along with a supermarket, other retail and additional housing. If we don’t, someone else will..

  4. Spent yesterday in the seaport in Boston. Boston would build this in a heartbeat. They are open to modern development and they make it easy to get things done, we need emulate what they are doing because it is clearly working. Between 2008 and 2018, the seaport went from nothing to something really special. It starts and ends with condo and apartment towers. We MUST build this.

    It is very concerning that residents here would turn away a $300mm project so easily. The prime boom years of a bull market don’t come along very frequently (2005/6 was the last period), but when they do most (relevant) cities see their skylines change in some form or another. Providence’s skyline will change, and that is not a bad thing. Anti-change Rhode Islanders need to embrace that change and allow the city to take advantage of the strength of the economy right now.

    I totally agree with the mention by John of a housing crisis. There are practically no condos for sale downtown right now. Why does Providence make it so difficult to live in downtown? It does not have to be this way! The city should have an actual plan to facilitate the addition of residential owner occupied units to downtown. Say, a 15 year plan to add 500 units per year in the downtown area, at minimum. Another 15-20,000 downtown residents would support other development like retail and a large format supermarket. The original three tower Fane plan was for 1,000 condos — this project alone would have represented a significant amount of new downtown residents in an area of the city that has none.

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