Building Bridges raising funds for legal fees to appeal skyscraper zoning change

PROVIDENCE – Building Bridges Providence has been raising money to cover legal fees to appeal the City Council’s approval of a zoning change for the proposed Hope Point Tower, a 46-story skyscraper to be built on the former Interstate 195 land, WPRI-TV CBS 12 reported Jan. 7.

The zoning change raised the maximum building height on Parcel 42 of the I-195 land to 600 feet from 130 feet. Mayor Jorge O. Elorza vetoed the change, but the council voted to override the veto in December.

An appeal needed to be filed in Superior Court before Jan. 12 and could cost between $50,000 and $100,000, Sharon Steele, president of the nonprofit Building Bridges, said in an email to WPRI-TV.

In December, the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission agreed to sell the land to New York developer Jason Fane for $3.1 million, but the deal is contingent on the zoning change, WPRI-TV said.

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