Block Island Times

HDC approves proposed fencing for livestock

Windows were a common feature among applications the Historic District Commission considered at its Feb. 22 virtual meeting. New fencing for open areas at the Manisses Hotel was a separate concern.
Paul Filippi, co-owner of the hotel, presented preliminary plans to rebuild an existing split-rail fence and to install new fencing on the hotel property (Plat 7, Lot 26 and 27).
“The purpose of the fencing is to put some animals [behind the hotel], and we want to prevent the deer from coming over High Street into the property,” said Filippi.
Fences now mark the rear of the hotel property from homes on High Street, and separate the hotel from the Abrams Farm field on the south side. Filippi’s plans proposed new fencing for the triangular lot at the corner of Spring and High Streets, continuing behind the hotel and the lower parking area towards the farm field.
“We would like to install new split-rail fencing in the areas that are new,” said Filippi. “We would like to eventually replace the existing fence to match. I would like to get HDC approval to make all the fencing uniform, but I would rather build [the] new fence this season,

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