Breakers http://ripr.org en Breakers Mansion Visitor Center Clears Major Hurdle http://ripr.org/post/breakers-mansion-visitor-center-clears-major-hurdle <p>In Newport, a visitor center proposed at the Breakers Mansion passed a major hurdle last night.</p><p>The hotly contested center is still far from a reality.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Preservation Society of Newport County which owns the Breakers Mansion wants to build a visitor center, which would house bathrooms, information, and food on the mansion’s property.</p><p>They say it’s needed to support the approximately four-hundred thousand annual visitors.</p><p>The Society applied for approval of the project from the city’s historic district commission, but was denied.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:41:12 +0000 John Bender 28332 at http://ripr.org Breakers Mansion Visitor Center Clears Major Hurdle Breakers Mansion At The Center Of Heated Debate http://ripr.org/post/breakers-mansion-center-heated-debate <p>On Monday, Newport’s Zoning Board of Review will hear an appeal of a ruling by the city’s Historic District Commission that rejected plans for a welcome center at the Breakers Mansion.</p><p></p><p>The Commission decided against the idea in a 4:3 vote during a hearing last August. The Preservation Society of Newport County wants to put the welcome center outside the historic mansion once owned by the Vanderbilt family.</p><p>Newport City Zoning Officer Guy Weston said lawyers for the Preservation Society claim the hearing was flawed by a faulty staff report.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:17:10 +0000 Ben Bryant 28217 at http://ripr.org Breakers Mansion At The Center Of Heated Debate Cliff Walk Repairs Draw Surfer Ire http://ripr.org/post/cliff-walk-repairs-draw-surfer-ire <p></p><p>The Newport City Council will be reviewing a plan at Wednesday's meeting to rebuild the famed Cliff Walk damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy. Many in the town are concerned about how a proposed plan could alter the ocean waves that give the historic Breakers mansion its name.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:27:45 +0000 Bradley Campbell 13336 at http://ripr.org Cliff Walk Repairs Draw Surfer Ire