2017-12-21 / Around Town

Historic District Commission

After several failed attempts to hold a hearing on two proposed dormitories on the campus of Salve Regina University, the Historic District Commission set a date for two special meetings on Jan. 23 and Jan. 25. Previously scheduled meetings were postponed due to the omission of parcels in the advertisement and notices for the meeting that are part of the project.

In other matters, permission to demolish an existing outbuilding located at 6 Greenough Place and replace it with a similar structure received unanimous approval. A request by the owners of 32 Third St. to add an addition to that property was met with concern regarding the size of the addition and the roof heights. Commission member Robert Conroy said that the improvements were “too much for the existing structure.”

In the final hearing of the evening, the owners of 18 Second St. sought permission for a wide range of improvements to their property, which was severely damaged by a fire earlier this year. Newport architect Paul Weber, representing the owners, discussed a number of requested changes, including raising the structure 18 inches because the property is located in a flood plain. Additional work would include the replacement of all windows, extending the rear of the home and a second story roof deck. The application was approved in a unanimous 7-0 vote.

Bob Rulli

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