The owners of several properties on Waites Wharf are exploring the idea of adding a large hotel to Waites Wharf, according to an application filed with the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (RICRMC).
An application listed for a “feasibility of new structure” project for a “Commercial Structure” was accepted by RICRMC on February 4th, 2019. The application was was filed by property owner Thomas Abruzese for 25 Waites Wharf – Plat 32, Lot/Block 155, 248, 267, 268, and 272.
The hotels plans includes more than one hundred guest rooms, a swim spa, meeting rooms, fitness room, a restaurant, and banquet hall.Harbor_Realty_Hotel_Plans_for_Waites_Wharf
Abruzese owns Dockside (24 Waites Wharf),Riptides, @ The Deck (1 Waites Wharf), West Wind Marina (26 Waites Wharf), and parking lots and property on Waite’s Wharf.
A request for comment from management of the property has not been answered.
The RICRCMC application is the first step in achieving approval of the proposed project. If RICRMC were to approve, than it would move to Newport Planning and/or Zoning Boards. The application doesn’t appear on any future RICRMC agendas at this time.
Actions Taken So Far By The RICRMC:
|Action Date||Action Description|
|Feb 04, 2019||Application Accepted|
|Feb 04, 2019||Preliminary Determination Request (Coastal)|
|Feb 04, 2019||Administrative Review for Completeness|
|Feb 04, 2019||Team Review for Completeness|
|Mar 04, 2019||HPHC Review Pending|
|Mar 04, 2019||HPHC Historical Preservation No Effect|
It’s a busy time for hotel construction in Newport. Construction of The Brenton Hotel, a 57-room hotel, at 31 America’s Cup, and Hammet Wharf Hotel, at the Newport Yachting Center, are currently underway and are expected to be complete in 2020.
This story is developing and will be updated as more information is received.