Historic District Landmarks Commission approves NOPSI Building conversion

Posted on: January 13 2016

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor

Plans to convert a pair of Baronne Street buildings that once housed operations for the city’s utility company into a luxury hotel have garnered the support of the Historic District Landmarks Commission.

Courtesy Woodward Design+Build

Courtesy Woodward Design+Build

The commission on Wednesday voted in favor of a proposal from Connecticut-based Building and Land Technology to renovate the former NOPSI Building at 317 Baronne St., along with an adjacent two-story brick building on the corner of Union Street and O’Keefe Avenue, as part of a $30.3 million hotel development. The project includes construction of a rooftop penthouse addition that would sit atop the vacant eight-story office building, as well as alterations to the façade of the adjacent brick building, known as the Dryades building, which would add a service entrance.

The committee voted to approve the penthouse addition despite opposition from its Architectural Review committee. HDLC staff typically discourages such additions to buildings of historic significance.

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