Council Approves Fane Tower Height Variance; Mattiello & Ruggerio Urge Elorza to Support Project

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


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The Providence City Council voted Tuesday night to approve the height variance on the 195 land to allow for a proposed 46 story tower by developer Jason Fane to move forward.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello sent a letter to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza urging him not to veto the council action. 

Of note, council President-elect Sabina Matos changed her vote from "abstain" on Thursday to "yes" on Tuesday.  The vote was nine in favor, five opposed, with current Council President David Salvatore abstaining. 



"I'm still working on getting my funding for [affordable] housing," Matos told GoLocal after the vote. "If it doesn't get built I'm not going to get anything -- if it gets built, I have a chance still." 

Councilman Seth Yurdin spoke following the vote about his opposition, as well as those in the community -- saying it wasn't a "NIMBY" issue. 

"What [people] are concerned about is the long-term economic growth of our state and city [and] adherence to fair and predictable processes," said Yurdin "The fact that so many of the council were opposed and fought so hard is a testament to those working for a better city and state."

The Mayor now has ten days to sign or veto the ordinance -- or let pass without his signature. 


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