Newport’s zoning board of review approved a welcome center at the city’s historic Breakers Mansion Monday night. Groups have been squabbling over the center for over a year.
At issue is a 3600 square-foot visitors’ center that will house snacks, ticketing and information. The problem is its potential placement on the front lawn of the gilded age mansion. A local neighborhood association fighting it said the center would degrade the site’s historic nature. The Preservation Society of Newport County, which operates the mansion, said it needs the upgraded facility.