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More input needed on Hotel Manisses addition

The Hotel Manisses’ application for a proposed addition was continued once again, as the members of the Historic District Commission sought more information from the applicants and wanted input from the members who were absent for the meeting on Monday, Feb. 24.
The application is for a new, three-story addition to be built on top of a single-story basement behind the existing Hotel Manisses building on Spring Street (Plat 7, Lot 27). The application had been tabled at a previous meeting due to the absence of Chair Bill Penn and Vice Chair Martha Ball.
“The main purpose is to build an addition to the hotel, on top of the one story addition,” said Michael Abbott of Newport Collaborative Architects. Abbott and Hotel Manisses co-owner Blake Filippi were present for their application review.
The addition will be built behind existing vegetation, continued Abbott. “The addition will look like two buildings, instead of one long continuous building. This building is almost lined up with the back of the existing building, offsets each other. The addition will set back quite a bit from the street,” said Abbott.
Abbott referenced the surrounding buildings in the area. The new addition would be the

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