Breakers Mansion At The Center Of Heated Debate

Jan 27, 2014

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.

The Breakers Mansion in Newport
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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.

Newport City Zoning Officer Guy Weston said lawyers for the Preservation Society claim the hearing was flawed by a faulty staff report.

“They’re just looking at whether or not there was any procedural error, and they want to make sure that the facts that the commission considered were submitted properly ”

The appeal hearing will be at 7 o’clock Monday night at Newport City Hall.

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