The Block Island Times

HDC favorable to Spring House design changes

By Judy Tierney | Mar 28, 2013

The Historic District Commission has rendered favorable decisions on changes to Spring House Hotel buildings. Architect Glen Fontecchio represented the hotel’s owner, Island Enterprises, Inc.

According to the decision, which was made on March 18, condensing units for 14 air conditioners will be placed outside in back of the main hotel building (located at plat 8, lot 84), and will be screened by alternating plantings of hydrangea, rosa rugosa and beach grass. Fontecchio also asked to modify a rollup door to a sliding door, and to modify an application for a window to a double door on the Spring House barn.

In addition, Fontecchio requested putting in a second double door in the barn, but Commission members thought that would be too much. Fontecchio said the reason for the design change was that there was limited natural light in the building, but member Claire McQueeny said that design element “takes it so far away from looking like a barn.” Fontecchio said that his request was for the back of the building, which he said cannot be seen from a distance.

Chair Bill Penn noted a flagpole on the drawing and made a motion to approve the flagpole and the one set of double doors and window. The motion passed but the commission vote was split, with four ayes (Penn, Mark Vaillancourt, Douglas Gilpin, and Dennis Riordan) and three nayes (McQueeny, Martha Ball and Mike Ballard).

Fontecchio also requested an advisory opinion for drawings of a new single family residential home on High Street, plat 8, lot 219-2, Block Island Housing, LLC., known as Seawinds Condominiums. Though the building had already been approved, it had never been built and Fontecchio had made changes to the design. Both Ballard and Gilpin said that it looks better and is vastly improved, and a motion was made and unanimously passed to send an advisory to the building official that the design meets the Block Island vernacular.

A window replacement at plat 6, lot 84 on Chapel Street was approved and a corrected site plan for plat 5, lot 4, Corn Neck Road, owned by Gary and Grace Doyon, was accepted.

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