Fane Tower

NO To Fane Tower

The 195 Redevelopment District Commission’s own consultant is urging them to reject the latest version of Fane Tower. Among other problems, the new design could result in higher winds whipping through the adjacent park (which it will also be plunging into shadow). From the Providence Business News: The Fane Organization is presenting the updated design …

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Send Fane Packing

“My advice is, if you don’t like the way it looks, look in a different direction.” This was developer Jason Fane’s charm offensive three years ago when addressing the concerns of city residents who questioned the location of this oversized “luxury” condo tower. Now Fane has submitted this “new” design to the 195 Redevelopment District …

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Fane Tower Project Still Looms

Guess what did survive the pandemic. And just in time. With federal unemployment subsidies ending and eviction protections gone — let’s shovel money into the pockets of an out-of-town developer for a luxury apartment tower. (A Fane spokesperson calls them “market-rate apartments,” whatever that means. Clearly they are pivoting from the word “luxury.”) It has …

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Fane Tower Hearing At Wexford Bldg.

[Update: The Commission approved the tower. The fight will continue in the courts. Donate at Building Bridges.] An important public meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission takes place this Wednesday, September 25, and the Fane Organization’s tower is on the agenda. Fane is seeking final design approval and four zoning waivers. Look how open …

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Hearing On Fane Tower — Public Comment This Time!

(4.8) [Update in ProJo: “Design panel: Reject Fane tower”] Objection over the proposed Hope Point Tower reaches a critical review on Monday, April 8, and this is your chance to speak up. There will be public comment! The Providence Preservation Society (PPS)* has been in the forefront of this battle: One year ago, the Fane …

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Tower Opponents File Lawsuit

A lawsuit has been filed by Fane Tower opponents Building Bridges, a nonprofit advocacy group, and Peter Scotti and Associates, a real estate appraisal company. A piece appeared in today’s Providence Journal in which editorial pages editor Edward Achorn interviewed tower developer Jason Fane. The article was written by staff writer Madeleine List, but apparently …

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Bad News — City Council Votes To Override Veto

Say hello to your new tower and goodbye to Providence’s beautiful skyline. They got Democratic Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris to change her vote. From WPRI, “Harris gave a long speech prior to Thursday’s vote, explaining that she prayed and held many discussions with residents before making a final decision.” We need people to stop praying …

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Fane Tower Is Baaaack — City Council Hearing

(10.22) When will this end?! Last month the City Council voted to kick the Fane Tower problem back to the Ordinance Committee for further study. This committee, following comprehensive testimony, has already voted once not to support the Fane request for zoning changes. The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) has continued to spearhead opposition efforts, along …

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City Council Vote — Fane Tower

(9.6) Update: The City Council voted to send the issue back to the Ordinance Committee for further study. See report on WPRI. After hours-long public hearings, the Fane Organization’s request for three changes to the Providence zoning ordinance has been rejected not once, but twice! Brent Runyon, executive director of the Providence Preservation Society — …

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

[Update: “Planning Board Rejects Tower”! (ProJo 5.16.18). Now it’s time to contact your rep on the City Council. Call them all! And call the Mayor at 401.421.2489!] Absolutely everything! Providence is not Dubai. Providence is not Miami. This structure does not belong on the Providence riverfront and — attention Mayor Elorza — it can’t be …

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