- Associated Press - Sunday, January 10, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A long-vacant building in downtown Providence is slated to be knocked down to make room for an eight-story hotel.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1P0fPNh) that the Procaccianti Group Inc. submitted a permit application to demolish the Fogarty building. The company has owned the building for several years.

The city’s Downtown Design Review Committee meets Monday afternoon and will likely approve the request. City officials and downtown business owners are praising the hotel plan.

Critics of the building say its exposed-concrete construction, typical of the architecture style that was popular when it opened in 1967, makes it an eyesore. It was originally used for the city’s social services department. It was named for former Rhode Island congressman John E. Fogarty, a nationally recognized leader in health care legislation.

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