Do you agree with Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s decision to veto a proposed zoning change that would have allowed the Fane Organization to build a 600-foot residential tower in the former Interstate 195 land?

Hope Point Tower, the 46-story, nearly 600-foot residential building that New York developer The Fane Organization wants to build on former Interstate 195 land in Providence, has been a lightning rod for criticism and support ever since it was first proposed more than two years ago. Preservationists and many local developers believe it to be inappropriate for the location as well as so large that it would upend the city’s aesthetic and housing equilibriums. Others believe it would be a sign that Providence is looking forward to its future as opposed to falling back to the past when examining new projects in the city. And even though Providence City Council may yet override the veto, the issues the project raises will not go away. What do you think? Was the mayor correct to veto the project?

Do you agree with Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s decision to veto a proposed zoning change that would have allowed the Fane Organization to build a 600-foot residential tower in the former Interstate 195 land?

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