Finn’s gets go ahead from HDC on minor renovations

The Historical District Commission’s meeting on Monday, August 29 gave a hint about some of the building projects that will be happening over the winter on Block Island.The commission stopped just short of giving a final go-ahead to 54 Dodge Street Op. Co. LLC for its planned renovations and an addition to the Surfside building on Dodge Street across from the Red Bird liquor store.Newport Collaborative Architect’s principal Glenn Gardiner was presenting what he thought would be the final plans, but members of the commission wanted more details about decking on the grounds between buildings.Although the decking is shown on a landscape plan, and one of its purposes is to provide ADA access from the parking area, members of the commission questioned the location of the access path. Arlene Tunney, who was chairing the meeting said that access from the sidewalk was also needed. “People come with a wheelchair without driving, a lot,” stressing that there also needed to be ADA access to the building from the sidewalk. “The decking really bothers me. I don’t know what it’s going to look like or whether it will blend in with the Historic District.”Gardiner said that the plans would need

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