To the editor,
As a resident “off-Broadway” I was anxious when I go through the article in the June 10, 2021 issue of Newport This Week titled ‘Broadway Zoning Modify Becoming Considered’. The Preparing Board has now forwarded the request with a constructive suggestion to the Newport Zoning Board and Metropolis Council.
I questioned why the five firms are requesting a alter in the zoning designation from Residential to Restricted Small business when they have been running with no it? With the adjust to a Minimal Company designation, they would have the option of increasing or transforming the use of their attributes, or providing to a purchaser who would do so. Accepted use in a Limited Organization District features, but is not constrained to, conventional restaurants, retail merchants, banking institutions and other economic establishments, visitor properties and places of work. For more information and facts see Chapter 17.52 in the Metropolis Zoning Ordinance.
1 of the homes extends deep into the community involving Gould St. and Park St. An additional assets extends into the neighborhood on Rhode Island Ave. To approve the change would be a distinct case in point of “spot zoning” which erodes the quality of daily life in an spot, threatens the future of close by neighborhoods, and affects assets values. It also tends to make it more tricky to oppose other residence proprietors who may desire to transform their zoning designation in the spot in the future.
The place north on Broadway from Equality Park is, in the principal, a household region. The upgrading of Broadway from Equality Park to Farewell St. has greatly benefited companies. It is a obviously described company district. Let’s hold it that way and not open the doors to the risk of enterprises spreading even more north on Broadway. Please protect our neighborhoods by calling the Zoning Board and Newport Town Council with an objection to the requested improve in zoning for the attributes housing Renaissance Physical fitness, C.H. Charles Five & Dime Retailer, Parlor Restaurant & Bar, Water’s Edge Flower Shop, and the garage & storage unit at 9 Gould Avenue. They are in a position to utilize for Unique Use Permits ought to they desire to make alterations in the use of their attributes.