NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - The group that owns The Breakers mansion in Newport says it's planning a groundbreaking this week for a welcome center that has drawn strenuous opposition from neighbors, preservationists and others.
The Newport Daily News reports that the Preservation Society of Newport County will hold a ceremony Thursday morning on the grounds of the national historic landmark, which was built by railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt II during the Gilded Age.
Among those opposing the construction are members of the Vanderbilt family and the Bellevue Ochre Point Neighborhood Association.
The neighborhood association lost a lawsuit opposing the plan in 2015. Their petition with the state Supreme Court was also denied.
The proposed one-story center will include ticketing and comfort facilities.