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New Lawsuit Seeks to Block Providence Skyscraper Project

Thu February 14, 2019 - Northeast Edition #4
Associated Press


The Fane Organization photo
A new lawsuit seeks to block construction of what would be Rhode Island’s tallest building.
The Fane Organization photo A new lawsuit seeks to block construction of what would be Rhode Island’s tallest building.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) A new lawsuit from a real estate appraisal firm and a nonprofit is seeking to block construction of what would be Rhode Island's tallest building.

The widely-anticipated lawsuit was filed Jan. 11, challenging the Providence City Council's controversial decision to raise the maximum building height on former highway land from 130 ft. to 600 ft.

WPRI-TV reports the change would allow New York developer Jason Fane to build the 46-story Hope Point Tower.

The lawsuit claims the zoning change does not conform with Providence's Comprehensive Plan and asks a judge to invalidate it.

A spokesman for Fane declined to comment on pending litigation.