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Despite false start, transformation of Jewelry District taking shape

On a recent gray, autumn afternoon, early rush-hour traffic was backing up along Point Street in the old Jewelry District in downtown Providence. Most...
The aerial view of the proposed Fane Organization's Hope Point Tower./COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION.

Hope Point Tower moves forward to Providence City Council

PROVIDENCE — The Fane Organization’s proposed residential tower in Providence moved forward to City Council consideration Thursday with a recommendation for approval. The vote by...
BUSY DEVELOPER: Arnold “Buff” Chace is the managing partner for Cornish Associates LP, which has several ongoing projects in downtown Providence, including three historical buildings on Westminster Street that are being renovated into apartments/retail. Chace stands in front of one of the properties, The Peerless Building at 150 Union St.
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Despite some permitting improvements, developers often ‘going nowhere fast’ in Providence

The developer of a riverfront hotel proposed for Providence gained initial approval from the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission a year ago, giving him clearance...

Fane tower debate key to future

Topic No. 2 on development is the Hope Point Tower, the nearly 600-foot residential skyscraper being proposed by The Fane Organization.Almost two years since...
The aerial view of the proposed Fane Organization's Hope Point Tower./COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION.

Should the Hope Point Tower be built?

The Fane Organization appeared before Providence City Council to present a new version of its proposed $300 million residential skyscraper, Hope Point Tower. The...
The aerial view of the proposed Fane Organization's Hope Point Tower./COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION.

Support, opposition for Hope Point Tower in Providence in public hearing

PROVIDENCE — Opponents and supporters of the Hope Point Tower once again pressed their cases before a City Council committee on Monday, following a...
TAKING THE LEAD: Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza says he’s proud that the Providence Police Department was the first in the state to adopt body cameras for its police officers. He said the program has been well-received, adding it helps to calm people down because they know they are being recorded, while also allowing “the entire picture” of an incident to get out.
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Can a self-described ‘pro[business]-growth progressive’ mayor boost investment in Providence?

The son of Guatemalan immigrants who settled in the West End of Providence, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza is a pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps story: The first in...
TOWER CONCERNS: Pictured at the ArtProv Gallery in Providence are from left: gallery staff members Nicholas Dupont and Victoria Rogers, owner Michele Aucoin, Susan Petree of Newport, and Luke ­Morrison of Providence. Aucoin said she’s concerned the proposed Hope Point Tower by the Fane Organization would be too overpowering and not “fit in.”
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Business community divided over Fane tower proposal

While city officials debate whether to approve the proposed 600-foot Hope Point Tower in Providence’s Jewelry District, businesspeople in and around the neighborhood are...
THE PROVIDENCE City Council decided Thursday to send the Hope Point Tower back to a committee for another hearing./COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION

Hope Point Tower sent back to Providence committee for another hearing

PROVIDENCE — The Hope Point Tower project will head back to a City Council committee, one that has already voted to recommend a denial...
THE PROVIDENCE City Council decided Thursday to send the Hope Point Tower back to a committee for another hearing./COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION

Divisive Hope Point Tower returns to Providence City Council, correspondence flows...

PROVIDENCE – The Providence City Council is expected to decide Thursday night whether to authorize a 600-foot apartment tower in the I-195 Redevelopment District.The...
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