Lighthouse restoration company wants to turn Conimicut Point into an inn

By: Melissa Randall

A Fall River lighthouse is serving as inspiration for what could be a new tourist attraction in Wariwck. The city is looking into renting out the old Conimicut Point Lighthouse to a company with plans of turning it into an inn.

The Borden Flats Lighthouse welcomes guests to spend the night- something once reserved for only the person who kept the beacon shining. The isolated retreat was made possible by Oregon native Nick Korstad who purchased the working light house about 3 years ago.

“The coastguard has kept them off limits and my goal is to allow people to come in and see their true beauty and architecture,” said Korstad.

Korstand fixed the Fall River lighthouse up and furnished it. His company began renting it out last year. The single room books up fast.

“We stayed about 75% occupancy during the months that we were open. And this year has already well exceeded our expectations.”

And now Korstand wants to continue that success with Warwick's Conimicut Point Lighthouse. The mayor is already on board and will be asking the city council to approve a 15 year lease.

“We're looking at being able to link it with that one mile of coast line that's been protected at Rocky Point. And so now you have- in a community that has 39 miles of coastline- that's a pretty significant coastal tourism feature,” said Mayor Scott Avedisian.

They city would still own the off shore lighthouse, and Korstad's company would be responsible for all repairs in return for being able to rent it as an inn. He estimates it would cost about $100,000 to get it in shape for visitors.

“I'd like to see the history come back out for the general public and for educational purposes and for the public to be able to come out and see something that you don't' ever get to get to,” said Korstad.

The proposal will go before the city council next month. If approved renovations would get underway fairly quickly and Connimicut could welcome its first overnight guests by 2018.

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