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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...

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.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

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...
TEMPORAL RETREAT: Declining attendance is creating real estate opportunities as the Catholic church moves to sell a number of its properties in the Diocese of Providence to private developers. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PBN on WJAR-TV, Dec. 10, 2018

Catholic dioceses are contracting, creating unique opportunities for the right buyers. Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break...
A FUTURE VISION: The proposed Fane Organization’s Hope Point Tower has the potential to inject new life into the I-195 Redevelopment District and subsequently the rest of that part of downtown Providence. 
 / COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION

For future’s sake, City Council must approve Hope Point Tower

Nearly a month ago, more than four out of five respondents to a PBN.com poll said that the Fane Organization’s Hope Point Tower should...

Affordable housing a must-have for R.I.

Even as Providence attracts high-end investments, the region needs broad-based advances, too. From new housing units to a brand-new food market, the city is drawing...
A WORK IN PROGRESS: ­Competing agencies and their often at-odds agendas continue to make development in Providence less robust than it might be. 
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PAMELA BHATIA

State, local regulations still hampering development in R.I.

The opening of a March 2015 PBN story, titled “Why is it so hard to build in Providence?” sounds eerily familiar to those reading...

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