Judge dismisses suit over Breakers welcome center

In this Nov. 12, 2001 file photo, visitors take advantage of free admission to tour The Breakers mansion in Newport, R.I. The Preservation Society of Newport County proposed building a visitor center in 2014 that would sit on the mansion's grounds. The society said it would be unobtrusive and would provide necessary services that currently are lacking at the popular tourist attraction. Some nearby residents are fighting the plan. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to prevent a welcome center on the grounds of The Breakers mansion in Newport, although a second lawsuit is still pending.

The Newport Daily News reports that Superior Court Judge Bennett Gallo on Friday dismissed the lawsuit brought by the Bellevue Ochre Point Neighborhood Association against the Preservation Society of Newport County. It argued that the zoning rules prohibit such a center.

The other lawsuit appeals the zoning board’s decision to overturn the Historic District Commission, which had rejected the planned $4.2 million welcome center. It found the project was incompatible with local historic standards.

That case is scheduled a hearing for Aug. 6.

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.

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