I-195 commission approves design for Hope Point Tower

THE BASE of the Hope Point tower, as shown in a rendering that faces Dyer Street from the new city park./COURTESY I-195 REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT COMMISSION.
THE BASE of the Hope Point tower, as shown in a rendering that faces Dyer Street from the new city park. / COURTESY I-195 REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT COMMISSION.
PROVIDENCE — The luxury high-rise Hope Point Tower gained a critical approval Wednesday, securing design waivers that will allow its developer to build on a parcel overlooking the Providence River and the East Side. The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission authorized three waivers from city design requirements and design approval following a nearly three-hour bloc of…

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  1. Go Hope Point Tower! Cities do need to grow and change with time. And the naysayers, the “not in my back yarders” and those lacking vision for the future must not be allowed to block the progress of the City. If such people did not want to have a high rise building where they live, then they should not have moved into a downtown formerly industrial district on land that is of no particular historical significance but for the memory of the industries that once thrived on now vacant land.

    I am an historic preservationist and ask that those who oppose the Tower for selfish reasons direct their time, energy and effort to a truly critical historic asset – the restoration and repurposing of the Industrial Trust Tower (a.k.a. the “Superman” building), the loss of which would have a far greater impact on the psyche and the historical fabric pf Providence than the Hope Point Tower. Just as Providence was a national leader in a vision for the future with completion in 1927 of the Industrial Trust Tower (completed before the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings in New York), let’s allow Providence to build a vision for the 21st Century and support the Hope Point Tower from start to finish!