Developer now set to start building one skyscraper on 195 land

Artist's rendering of the Hope Point Towers project

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Manhattan developer who proposed a three-tower complex on the land vacated by the I-195 relocation is calling for support from state and local leaders — and expressed enthusiasm Thursday that his company is ready to put shovels in the ground now as soon as approvals are given.

Back in November, Jason Fane showed plans to the I-195 planning commission for three towers at “Hope Point Towers,” 33, 43 and 55 stories high, on the parcel of Dyer Street next to the Providence River. High-end apartments would sit on top of five-story bases full of commercial and retail space.

With the revised plan, Fane said he’ll only start with the middle-level tower, and then proceed with the other two in the future if market demand allows.

“Our phase one, 43-story tower, is only about 20 feet taller than the Superman building,” Fane’s architect, Sol Wassermuhl, said in a statement. Fane also noted a previous artist’s rendering had skewed perspective, where the towers would have been “much taller” than other skyscrapers, including the Superman building.

Fane said Providence has a unique opportunity “to create the residential infrastructure needed to support growth, but we will move on if there isn’t support for this vision…

“Providence needs new beacons of recovery and growth, and like Boston, just up the road, need to make bold and strategic moves and dare to improve the status quo.”