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Ruling On Breakers Center Not Expected Until Jan.

Hearings continue in the battle over whether to build a visitors center at The Breakers in Newport, but a decision is not expected until January.

The Newport Daily News reports that the city's Zoning Board of Review plans to issue a decision Jan. 5. Testimony began Monday and is expected to continue Tuesday. A third hearing date is tentatively set for Dec. 8.

The Breakers is the city's most famous mansion and is a national historic landmark.

The Preservation Society of Newport County wants a welcome center on the grounds as a more comfortable place for tourists to buy tickets, use the restroom and buy sandwiches. Critics have argued it will detract from the estate's character. Some have suggested it be built in a parking lot across the street.



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