HDC reviewing two major hotel projects

The members of the Historic District Commission spent some time at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 25 going over plans for the new development that will be known as The Grove on Dodge Street.
Matunuck Design Group Landscape Architect Mark Butler and Newport Collaborative Architects principal Michael Abbott presented their proposal for the construction of a new structure for employee housing, and the relocation of one of the original Cutting Cottages that is on the site. The new barn will be on its own separate lot, the architects said, and not technically part of The Grove. A driveway will cut through the property for access. A model for the new barn was presented by Abbott, revealing the layout for the structure that will house the staff of The Surf and The Grove. 
The Cutting Cottage will be relocated “25 feet away from where it currently is,” noted Butler.
Lark Hotels purchased the Gables Inn and The Surf Hotel earlier this year with the goal of developing them as one resort called the Block Island Beach House. Lark Hotels intends to convert the old, historic Gables Inn on Dodge Street

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