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SLOW BUT SURE: The Wexford Science & Technology innovation center, left, and the public park, center, being built on the former I-195 land in Providence, are early pieces of the creation of a new neighborhood in the heart of Providence.
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Development of I-195 land satisfies some, not others

The grumbling is getting louder. Why is the commission charged with overseeing the I-195 Redevelopment District’s buildout allowing so much housing? Why is the Wexford Science...
THE FANE ORGANIZATION'S Hope Point tower has been a controversial project ever since it was first proposed. Should its units be completely sold or leased before construction starts on it, assuming it is approved to be built? / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE

Do you think it is important that the developer of Hope...

Recent PBN reporting has estimated the per-square-foot price of condominiums in the Hope Point tower will likely be more than twice as expensive as...
PUBLIC HEARING: A public hearing before the Downtown Design Review Committee in Providence on the proposal for the Hope Point tower by developer Jason Fane, president of The Fane Organization. From left, Fane; his sister Daria Fane, vice president of The Fane Organization; and their architect, Gianni Ria, director of design, IBI Group. In the foreground recommending denial of the project is City Councilman Seth Yurdin.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Where’s the market for Hope Point?

How high can the Hope Point tower climb? Its size has fueled doubters who say it won’t fit in, leading to extensive government review...
A MARKET PLAY? The condominiums in Hope Point tower will demand a high price. Will Providence be able to support it?
 / COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION

Hope Point about more than just building a tower in the...

There are many questions that Hope Point tower forces Providence to ask itself. One is whether this 600-foot tower belongs in a city long fiercely...
A BILL INTRODUCED by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, D-Providence, that would give greater power to the state to direct projects on state-owned land, will now move to the Senate for a vote. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ruggerio eyes speedier development

The power of cities and towns to block, or even shape, development they don’t like could be dramatically altered under an economic-development bill introduced...

Ruggerio plan a jump-start to progress?

What to do when local concerns stand in the way of a bigger picture? Such is the case of Hope Point tower, which is expected...
CONSTRUCTION HAS begun on the 57-room Brenton Hotel America's Cup Avenue in Newport. / COURTESY LWH LLC

Brenton Hotel opening in Newport slated for spring 2020

NEWPORT – Demolition began on the building at 31 America’s Cup Ave. Tuesday as the construction of a 57-room Brenton Hotel started. The hotel will...
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PBN on WJAR-TV, Dec. 31, 2018

2018 was good, but much to be done Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to discuss the...
FUTURE OUTLOOK: Business and nonprofit leaders in Rhode Island meet with Providence Business News Editor Mark S. Murphy to discuss 2018 and where the state is headed. Starting at the head of the table, background, from left, clockwise: Murphy; Providence College Dean of the School of Business Sylvia Maxfield; VIBCO President Karl Wadensten; Washington Trust Bancorp President and Chief Operating Officer Mark K. W. Gim; Crossroads Rhode Island President and CEO Karen A. Santilli; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer Michele B. Lederberg; and Gilbane Building Co. President and CEO Michael E. McKelvy.
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2018 was a good year, but much work is to come

On Dec. 14, Providence Business News Editor Mark S. Murphy sat down with six leaders of the Rhode Island business and nonprofit community to...
THE BILOTTI GROUP and Nicholson 2018 LLC, owner of the Beresford-Nicholson Estate on Blackstone Boulevard in Providence, which includes a greenhouse and gardener's house in addition to the main house, above, have proposed to raze the structures and convert the property to 10 house lots. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

Neighbors challenge 10-lot subdivision of estate property on Providence’s East Side

PROVIDENCE – One of the last great estates on the East Side of Providence could be subdivided into 10 house lots that critics say...
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