Health and safety rules require new thinking by HDC

The only application for preliminary review by the Historic District Commission was submitted by architect Glen Fontecchio for a 20-foot by 24-foot addition to the service building of the Spring House Hotel. The Historic District Commission met via telecommunications on Monday, Sept. 28 to consider the application.
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Fontecchio provided a synopsis of the proposed project, which will be “to address the laundry situation” at The Spring House. 
“We are proposing a modification to the service building that I designed in 2015 that serves both as housing for hotel employees and a service building for such as laundry. The laundry has turned into a nightmare [with Covid-19]… They are doing laundry past midnight every night. We are proposing a 20-foot by 24-foot footprint addition onto the service building, to address these new needs for laundry,” said Fontecchio.
Chair Bill Penn announced the board had received a letter from Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission Executive Director J. Paul Loether earlier in the day. The letter stated the organization’s support of the proposed addition:
“The Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission is in receipt of proposed plans to expand

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