Should Rhode Island’s state office of historic preservation have a veto over the design of buildings proposed for the land I once described as a “sandbox for the modernists”?
Yes, it should. But no, it shouldn’t.
A memorandum of agreement with the apparent force of law, written in 2000, says new buildings on the vacant land overseen by the Route 195 Redevelopment District Commission must be carried out “under the review and approval” of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.
So, yes, this means that RIHPHC has a veto; but no, it won’t actually use the veto.
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