And welcome to the Bellevue Ochre Point Neighborhood Association (BOPNA)’s site. This neighborhood association is one of many in Newport that, together and individually, provide valuable input to the City and its boards on various citizen concerns.
The boundaries of the BOPNA are defined by the R-60 zone and historic residential district located south of the Bellevue Avenue commercial district, extending south of the ocean, east to the ocean and west to Coggeshall/ Spring streets.
Over the past year, your Board has dealt with a number of issues that had a direct impact on our neighborhood. The Board continued to focus its efforts on the inadequate repair of Bellevue Avenue, and on working with the Preservation Society and Salve Regina University as they develop and restore their properties. We maintained our commitment to preserving the residential nature of our neighborhood while supporting the long term viability of our partners. A signal success over the past decade has been the willingness of both the Preservation Society and the University to not only preserve individual buildings, but also the extraordinary sites on which many are located. In that spirit, we discussed the restoration of SRU’s Ochre Lodge Carriage House as a dormitory and the proposed addition to Miley Hall’s cafeteria. Your Board has led the struggle to prevent the Preservation Society from opening food service facilities at the Breakers welcome center as well as many other of its museum properties in our district. The Rhode Island Supreme Court has accepted our cases and that of the City of Newport which also opposes these restaurants, and is expected to render its decision by year end 2016. We discovered the reasons for the failing repairs to Bellevue Avenue and provided information leading to a new City effort. The Association continues to work with the Cliff Walk Commission to both preserve and improve that iconic asset.Please take the time to read through our Website to learn more about the various issues that we are currently working on.
The governing committee of the Association hopes you like what you see. We also urge you to provide us feedback about your concerns and join us as active members of your Association.
Linda Sawyer, President
The Board of Directors
Mailing Address: 50 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903