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HDC seeks more plans for Manisses addition

The members of the Historic District Commission have asked the owners of the Hotel Manisses, who are proposing a three-story addition onto an existing basement at the hotel, to come back before the panel with additional perspective plans that will show elevations of the existing and proposed structures.
Chair Bill Penn referenced a discussion from last month’s meeting, when board members said they felt the proposed addition was larger than the existing hotel. Co-owner of the Hotel Manisses Blake Filippi was present during the virtual meeting on Monday, Oct. 26 to hear the commission’s feedback.
“Last month, we talked about asking the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission to weigh in on your project and we have received an email from [Principal Historical Architect] Virginia Hesse, who has reviewed your package,” said Penn. He said the HPHC requested additional plans of the proposed construction to show the elevations of the two buildings.
“Whatever you all need,” said Filippi.
“I apologize, Blake, but this is a significant addition to the Historic District, and we want to cover all our bases,” said Penn.
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