Fane Tower

It's Memorial Day weekend, a time to reflect on the sacrifices of others while also looking to summer pleasures. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can reach me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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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.

Campaign season continues to heat up, with the end-of-June filing deadline drawing ever closer. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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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.”

It might be spring, it might feel like summer, but the signals of an intensifying election season are increasingly evident. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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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.