Public hearing continued for staircase application

Two items on the Planning Board’s March 10 agenda were deferred until the board’s next meeting in April, but not before strong statements were put on the record in each case.
The public hearing on Michelle Marino’s plan to construct a staircase over the bluff at her Southeast Road property (Plat 8, Lot 42), as part of a shoreline stabilization project, was continued for further review after testimony by the applicant’s engineer and a written objection by two neighbors. And Nick and Pamela Gelsomini’s quest to build a new, larger house and other structures on their Corn Neck property was delayed after the board’s chair responded to the applicants’ recent letter published in The Block Island Times.
Abutters protest stairway
Matt Lundsted, principal engineer of the consulting fi rm Comprehensive Environmental, said: “We are here for a Special Use Permit for some stairs. The applicant and their neighbor want to do some nonstructural re-vegetation of a failed slope, which is impacting their neighborhood,” said Lundsted. “The plan has gone to [the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council] and we have preliminary determination. We would like to have these stairs for maintenance access to maintain the vegetation and core log

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