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ORIGINAL VISION: The Carpionato Group proposed a $100 million, mixed-use redevelopment of the Newport Grand site in 2019, but the project has been at a standstill and revised plans may be proposed.
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Ex-Newport Grand site awaits new proposal

Incoming Newport Mayor Xaykham “Xay” Khamsyvoravong looks at the hulking, windowless building that once housed the Newport Grand casino, and he sees a lot...

Newport bans whole-home short-term rentals in residential zones

NEWPORT – Whole-home short-term rentals, which are commonly offered through services such as Airbnb and Vrbo, are no longer allowed in city residential zones. The...

Cox to spend over $120M to deliver faster statewide broadband service

PROVIDENCE – Cox Communications announced on Tuesday that it will be investing more than $120 million over the next three years to build a...
ALPINE THEME: Instead of igloos, the Ocean House in Westerly is using repurposed ski gondolas to protect diners from the elements. / COURTESY OCEAN HOUSE

Are we going back to the igloos?

The winter of 2022 is here. It is the second full winter under the COVID-19 pandemic. During the first winter, The idea of living...

Newport seeking regulation of rental transportation due to public safety concerns

NEWPORT - Due to safety and congestion concerns, the Newport city council is seeking to regulate the amount of motorized rental vehicles on its...
STREET EATS: “Al Fresco on the Hill” outdoor dining will return to Federal Hill in Providence this summer in conjunction with new city policies waiving event and parking fees. / COURTESY FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION

Plenty of policy questions on dining in public spaces

The concept of reopening is a three-legged stool that must have a sturdy foundation on all sides lest it collapse. “Reopening” is a more-apt term...
STANDSTILL: John Hirschboeck, co-president of community nonprofit Alliance for a Livable Newport, argued for a six-month development moratorium in the city’s North End. He and other supporters say the city needs time to develop zoning requirements for the area, shown on the map he’s holding. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Construction moratorium divides business, Newport leaders

Newport has enacted a six-month moratorium on development in its North End, including an innovation district intended to attract companies that might diversify its...
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