The Block Island Times

HDC approves upgrades to Mary D Park

By Joel Taylor | Dec 26, 2013

The Block Island Historic District Commission took the following actions at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 16:

Old Harbor Task Force introduced preliminary plans regarding the Mary D. Park. The small park is located just across the street from the National Hotel on Water Street.

The Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) has approved the installation of a four-foot wide staircase, which is be installed on beach property, to the beach next to the Surf where the sandbank is eroding and becoming hazardous to pedestrians while making their way down to Dinghy Beach from Water Street. An application for a Department of Environmental Management (DEM) grant to install pavers under the benches in the Mary D. Park was also discussed.

Scot V. Hallberg, Plat 6, Lot 6: Preliminary review of the application by Sweenor Builders to construct a four bedroom, two story dwelling on the existing foundation off of Ocean Avenue, behind the old Albion building.

The members of the HDC discussed layout, elevation and direction with Hallberg and the general contractor.

The board requested a re-submission of preliminary plans because aspects of the construction’s total footprint and changes to the driveway were missing.

Calico Hill homeowner Cindy Lasser expressed concerns about the possibility of the new building negatively affecting the view of the historic homes on Calico Hill from Ocean Avenue, as well as elevations and window designs of the new construction. Butter stressed the nostalgic and historic value of the homes on Calico Hill. HDC Chair Bill Penn suggested Lasser and her neighbors meet with the new homeowners outside the HDC meeting to resolve any possible issues or concerns, and submitted a statement separating Lasser's comments from those of the Historic District Commission and its guidelines.

VVO Real Estate Holding, Plat 6, Lot 107: Final Review of the application by Zena Clark for the Harborside Inn, to replace porch railings. The Commission’s vote passed the application 7-0.

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