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Construction on visitors center at The Breakers to begin

Construction on a contested visitors center on the grounds of The Breakers mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, is scheduled to begin.

The Preservation Society of Newport County tells The Newport Daily News that work on the $5.4 million project is expected to begin within the next two weeks. The project is expected to take a year to complete.

Preservationists, neighbors and descendants of the Vanderbilt family who built The Breakers have fought the plan for years. They argue that the visitors center should be built outside the walls of the 13-acre estate, which is national historic landmark.

The Preservation Society has said a visitors center will provide modern bathroom and ticketing facilities, as well as a place to get refreshments.

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.