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PBN: Why is it so hard to build in Providence?

In Development by Jef Nickerson14 Comments

Development is not predictable, to the point of being difficult. Companies that have built projects in the city, or who want to, describe a market beset by financial obstacles, administrative hurdles and, as a result, a yearslong paucity of new construction – even as cranes have seemingly dominated the skyline in Boston.

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Zoning for 210 West Exchange

In Development, Zoning by Jef Nickerson41 Comments

Did you look at the new zoning map and see a little piece of downtown zoning floating by itself on the back side of Federal Hill? I’m told this piece of downtown zoning in the midst of an otherwise mixed-use manufacturing zone was created by the City Council for a proposed development at 210 West Exchange Street.

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UPDATED: ProJo: 195 Commission agrees to deal on $50-million, 500-bed student housing development

In 195 Relocation Project, Development by Jef Nickerson44 Comments

The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission voted behind closed doors Monday to sign a purchase and sale agreement with a Texas development firm that specializes in privatized student housing to build a $50-million, six-story housing development that will accommodate 500 renters on the west side of the Providence River.