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Lawsuit Filed To Halt Providence Skyscraper Project

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The Providence City Council, and a New York-based real estate developer are the subject of a lawsuit aimed at blocking a 46-story skyscraper proposal in the City.

The Providence real estate group Peter Scotti and Associates and the nonprofit group Building Bridges Providence filed the suit in Superior Court Friday.

Building Bridges is led by Sharon Steele, a Providence resident and vocal opponent of the current skyscraper project.

The Fane tower would be the tallest building in the state, and nearly 500 feet above the city’s allowed zoning for the neighborhood.

Some see it as valuable economic development that could supply numerous jobs; others see it as overreach by a developer looking to bend the rules.

The lawsuit charges that an amendment to the city’s zoning plan to allow for the tower was illegal. The plaintiffs are asking a judge to reverse the city council’s approval of the amendment. 

Fane Tower rendering, as seen in comparison to other Providence buildings.
Fane Tower rendering, as seen in comparison to other Providence buildings.