With the renewed impetus generated by the recent land sale approval from the I-195 Commission, the Fane Group promised a new design aimed at pleasing everyone from David Brussat to the curmudgeons at the JDA. And please everyone it will. The rendering below shows how the developers have solved all the problems that have plagued the concept from day one.
Height issue: the maximum permissible height on the riverfront site is just 160 feet. The Fane lawyers found a precedent that permits heights far exceeding the zoning "as long as it matches that of an existing building in the city". The new proposal exactly matches the height of the beloved and iconic Industrial Trust Building overlooking Kennedy Plaza.
Design issue: the original proposal for a trio of modernistic towers was roundly opposed. So much so that the developer went back to the drawing board and emerged with a proposal for a single tower on the site. Opposition to the modernistic single tower was equally vociferous and came from many directions. Returning to the drawing board (actually a CAD work station), the architects came up with this new proposal of a refined multi-building complex based on a proven design scheme, that of the aforementioned Industrial Trust Bank building.
The design came with a note from the Fane Organization that read, "Over to you, Providence."