The Korte Company, based out of St. Louis, will begin construction of the new, 7-story, 200 guest-room Navy Gateway Inns & Suites hotel at Naval Station Newport (NAVSTA Newport). The 103,831-square-foot project also includes the construction of a 175-vehicle parking area on the adjacent Lawrence Field.

When completed in April of 2017, the facility will be the Central Lodging facility for Naval Station Newport as well as the main check-in point for all base lodging. Additionally, the building will accommodate the majority of administrative, staff training, maintenance and guest services functions, including an on-premise commercial laundry facility.

The facility will be designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification per US Green Building Council (USGBC) requirements.

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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