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PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza announced the return of the #ThinkPVD campaign, which provides up to two hours of free parking in selected locations in the city around the holiday shopping season to promote support for local businesses. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Elorza announces return of free parking program to support small businesses

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza announced the return of the #ThinkPVD campaign, which allows for free holiday parking ahead of Small Business Saturday...
The Hope Point Tower at the proposed 530-foot height would be the tallest building in Providence./COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION

State officials say design review of Hope Point Tower is with...

PROVIDENCE – State law spells out that the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission has the final say over design review for projects in the district,...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza outlined a series of agreements he would like to reach with the Fane Organization before committing to approval of a height variance for the proposed luxury residential tower in the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District. / COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION

Elorza outlines his conditions for Hope Point Tower support

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza issued a statement Monday outlining his conditions for full support of the Hope Point Tower proposed by the...

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...
RUNNING SMOOTHLY: Greek market and café Yoleni’s co-owners Alexandra Georgiou Philippides, with her sons Jimmy Philippides, right, and John Philippides. The restaurant opened on Westminster Street in downtown Providence last spring.
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Yoleni’s offers taste of Greece

What does it take for a new restaurant to survive? Before anything else, hard work, says Alexandra Georgiou, who opened Yoleni’s in downtown Providence...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza announced that the city has reached a tentative agreement with the Providence Teachers Union, whose contract expired more than a year ago. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Elorza, Providence Teachers Union reach tentative contract agreement

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Teachers Union and Mayor Jorge O. Elorza have reached a tentative contract deal, Elorza announced Thursday.Specific details of the deal...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza signed a non-utilization tax ordinance into law in October that would impose a tax equal to 10 percent of the assessed value of a residential property determined to be vacant or abandoned. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Elorza passes non-utilization tax for residential properties

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza has signed into law a non-utilization tax designed to combat vacant and abandoned property in the city, the...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza, left, announced the launch of another round of the Providence Design Catalyst program. This year, the program will provide $150,000 to the program's cohort. Applications opened Nov. 1. On the right, R.I. Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen. / COURTESY DESIGNXRI

Applications open for next round of Design Catalyst program

PROVIDENCE – Applications for the next round of the Providence Design Catalyst program are now open, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and DESIGNxRI announced Thursday.The...
FITCH RATINGS has affirmed the city of Providence’s “A-“ rating on its outstanding general obligation bonds and affirmed a “BBB” rating for the city’s issuer default rating, which reflects the city’s unsecured general credit quality. The service noted the city has recently improved its financial reliance in a limited fashion. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/SCOTT EELLS

Fitch Ratings affirms Providence IDR rating at ‘BBB’ and general obligations...

PROVIDENCE – Fitch Ratings has affirmed the city of Providence’s “A-” rating on its outstanding general obligation bonds and affirmed a “BBB” rating for...
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...
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