Lawsuit seeks to block Providence skyscraper project

January 16, 2019

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 Friday, challenging the Providence City Council’s controversial decision to raise the maximum building height on former highway land from 130 feet to 600 feet.

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.

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