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City Council Overrides Veto On Skyscraper Project

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence City Council has voted to override a mayoral veto in favor of a proposed 46-story skyscraper.

Council members voted 10-3 during a special meeting Thursday to override Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza's veto on a zoning change that will allow the planned Hope Point Tower in Providence.

If built, the skyscraper will be the tallest building in the state.

Elorza says City Council "caved to continued political pressure," and that experts have found the project is not financially viable.

Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris, who originally voted against the zoning change, says she now believes Hope Tower "represents more opportunities than threats to my community."

A spokesperson for New York developer Jason Fane says the skyscraper will help move Providence forward through growth and new development.

A rendering of the Hope Point Tower in Providence, RI.
A rendering of the Hope Point Tower in Providence, RI.