Dozens of residents rallied in front of Newport City Hall prior to and during last night’s Zoning Board Meeting. Their ask? A “Pause For Newport…a Five year Moratorium against new building projects”.

Along with the rally, the group has a petition on change.org – HIT PAUSE: PRESERVE our CITY BY THE SEA with a ZONING MORATORIUM

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Photos provided by Beth Cullen

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, a 84-room hotel at the former Newport Yachting Center, are currently underway and are expected to be complete in 2020.

A 150-room hotel, restaurant. banquet and wedding facility has been proposed on Waite’s Wharf.

Carpionato Group also recently announced plans for the Newport Grand property, which would include Hyatt Place (140 rooms) and Hyatt House (120 rooms).

The owners of Fifth Element have also have been given the green light by Newport Zoning Board to construct a 40-room hotel on Broadway.

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