Providence City Council overrides mayor’s veto of zoning change for Hope Point Tower

Updated at 9:44 a.m.

THE PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL on Thursday voted to override Mayor Jorge O. Elorza's veto of a zoning change that would allow a New York developer to build the city's tallest building. Above is a rendering of the Hope Point Tower. / COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION
PROVIDENCE – The Providence City Council voted Thursday night to override Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s veto of the zoning variance needed to surpass height limits to build the controversial Hope Point Tower. A statement from the City Council listed the 10 council members who voted for the override: Luis A. Aponte, Carmen Castillo, Michael J.…

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  1. Great that the council showed leadership and made a decision based on facts and not exaggerated, distorted opinions, views shape by emotions rather than logic. Mayor Elorza continues to show a lack of leadership and expansive thinking, but his ignorance and his non belief in our free enterprise system is shocking. People who take up risk with their capital have right to say what the building design should, they also have the right to assess the financial viability. For the Mayor to make judgment on the financial viability of the project, a man who has no “skin in the game” is just one further example of the man’s ignorance and arrogance.

  2. Pen55 could not agree with you more! What I don’t understand first the mayor rejected because he did not get final say on the design and now that the legal legislative override occurred it is now about financial viability. I saw the the study and it assumes all 420 apartments are rentals vs the 180 that are condos. A condo just sold in downtown for $1.9 million based on this the developer will get all his investment back quickly which allow for the rentals to be competitive.