PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Neighbors of The Breakers estate, the Gilded Age Vanderbilt family mansion and national historic landmark in Newport, are suing to block a new welcome center that's planned for the site.
The neighborhood association filed the lawsuit Friday against the Preservation Society of Newport County, which owns the 70-room mansion and operates it as a museum. The Preservation Society wants to build the center for its 400,000 annual visitors with services including ticketing and prepared sandwiches.
The neighbors group says the plan violates the city zoning ordinance. It has suggested building the center in a parking lot across the street, rather than the grounds.
The Preservation Society says the lawsuit is without merit and that it will vigorously defend against it.