Greater City Providence

PBN on Preservation and Development

The Providence Business News has a great editorial calling for cooler heads and common sense when balancing historic preservation and economic development. They also call for the reinstatement of a meaningful historic tax credit, which is critical right now to continuing neighborhood revitalization and job growth. The issues surrounding the fight over the parking lot at the proposed 19 Harrison Street condo conversion (below) between the developer and the PPS and WBNA seem to have been the catalyst for the editorial.

The PBN makes the case perfectly:

“Developers, preservationists and neighborhood activists all have legitimate interests, and a successful project, particularly in these difficult times, will require accommodation. If the good is sacrificed on the altar of the perfect, the result will be neither good nor perfect, it will be an empty building.”

Bret Ancowitz

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