2017-11-16 / Around Town

Update: Salve Proposed Dormitories Delayed

By NTW Staff


Paul Weber Architect is the design architect, responsible for the design of the buildings and all the renderings supplied to the city and the public. RGB is the architect of record and will handle the Construction Documents and permitting. (Corrected from last week’s edition, Nov. 9) Paul Weber Architect is the design architect, responsible for the design of the buildings and all the renderings supplied to the city and the public. RGB is the architect of record and will handle the Construction Documents and permitting. (Corrected from last week’s edition, Nov. 9) Salve Regina University’s proposed plans to construct two dormitories, each housing 200 undergraduate students, hit a snag when the Newport Planning Board continued the matter to Dec. 4 because the petition for only one of the two new buildings was advertised.

The most recent construction to occur at the school was the renovation of the O’Hare Academic Center, originally constructed in the 1960’s, located adjacent to the scenic Cliff Walk.

While Paul Weber Architect is responsible for the design of the dormitories and all the renderings supplied to the city and the public, RGB is the architect of record and will handle the Construction Documents and permitting.

“Salve has been in communication for about the past five years with the Bellevue Avenue-Ochre Point Neighborhood Association (BOPNA), regarding their plans to someday build a large dormitory on Lawrence Avenue,” said Robert Beaver, a former officer of BOPNA and currently a board member, in an interview with NTW. “They have actually been quite forthcoming... [and] the association has no stated position about the dormitory plans.”

Paul Weber Architect’s design, described as Shingle Style Architecture, is similar to other recently buildings added to the university’s campus, including the school’s athletic center, designed by acclaimed architect Robert Stearns. The Shingle Style is typical of many homes in the Bellevue Avenue Historic District and Ochre Point-Cliffs Historic District.

According to Kristine Hendrickson, the University’s Associate Vice President for University Relations/ Chief Communications Officer, approximately 1,200 undergraduate students live on campus spread amongst 24 buildings, including dormitories, apartments, carriage houses and ranch style homes.

In an open letter to neighbors and to the university, Judy and Laurence Cutler, owners of Vernon Court, home of the National Museum of American Illustration and Frederick Law Olmstead Arboretum, raised several concerns if the project moves forward, including parking issues and the removal of an addition to the historic Watts Sherman House.

The new dormitories are proposed to include 200 parking spaces; however, that number may decrease or increase depending on the final decision of the Zoning Board of Appeals if the project is approved.

The proposed project was also on the agenda at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Historic District Commission, where students from Salve’s Historic Preservation program were in attendance as observers.

Commission Chair Diana Sylvaria announced that the four petitions would be continued to a special meeting on Dec. 5, with a potential continuation to Dec. 7.

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