Was the R.I. Supreme Court’s ruling clearing the way for the proposed $300 million Fane tower project in Providence the best decision for the city?

A R.I. SUPERIOR COURT judge has rejected a lawsuit seeking to challenge the rezoning of the I-195 Redevelopment District's Parcel 42 for the proposed Hope Point Tower project. / COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION
RHODE ISLAND’S HIGHEST court has cleared the way for a proposed 46-floor luxury tower located at 250 Dyer St. on former Interstate 195 land in Providence. / COURTESY THE FANE ORGANIZATION

The R.I. Supreme Court on June 23 cleared the way for the $300 million Fane tower project in Providence.

The proposed 46-floor luxury tower overseen by New York real estate developer Jason Fane was stalled by a legal challenge objecting to its height exceeding local zoning.

Fane and the city’s I-195 Redevelopment Commission had requested an amendment to the property’s zoning to allow a 600-feet maximum building height, exceeding the parcel’s current zoning regulations that cap building height at 100 feet.

The proposal was approved by the city but was challenged in court.

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The Supreme Court struck down the challenge in supporting a previous Superior Court ruling in favor of the project.

Was the R.I. Supreme Court’s ruling clearing the way for the proposed $300 million Fane tower project in Providence the best decision for the city?

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