Hope Point tower design gets a negative review by Providence design committee

PROVIDENCE – The design of the proposed 46-story Hope Point tower failed to persuade the Downtown Design Review Committee that it will comply with city development guidelines.

In a series of 4-0 votes April 8, the committee recommended the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission reject the developer’s request for a design that would require four waivers of city requirements.

The committee’s decision followed more than two hours of public comment, nearly all of it critical, and receipt of a staff report, which recommended approval of only three of the four design waivers.

The staff report found: “The design … will have an adverse impact on the built environment by dwarfing existent adjacent buildings and future development. It will likely have an adverse impact on the natural environment by blocking sunlight and casting shadows on the adjacent park, and … [generate] large amounts of traffic.”

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The I-195 commission meets later this month.