NARRAGANSETT—The roof of the old Lighthouse Inn Restaurant at Point Judith collapsed Sunday, forcing the town to close the Rose Nulman Park, on which the building currently stands. The park has been a gathering point for tourists and residents alike who want to take in the impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean, yet the building itself has been closed since 1987.
“I was called at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday to go to the site, and the roof on the right side had collapsed,” said Narragansett Building Inspector Anthony Santilli. “I then called the fire department and we closed the building. We have taken all the proper precautions.”
Yellow caution tape has been wrapped around the building’s perimeter, and the words ‘Park Closed’ have been spray-painted in large font across each side of the former Lighthouse Inn Restaurant. Carol Nulman, the trustee of the Rose Nulman Family Trust which owns the property, will have the building demolished, but the process may not be completed quickly.
“Carol Nulman, the trustee, wants to get it demolished as soon as possible, but there is a lot of red-tape to get through,” said Santilli. “We have to go through the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) because the building is 200 feet from the water, we have to do testing for asbestos, hire a demolition company and get a demolition permit.”
At this time, the building is old and deteriorated, and in the interest of public safety, I agree, it needs to be demolished,” he added. “There is a checklist we have to get through, however, and we have to follow procedure.”
A police detail, paid for privately by the Nulman family, has been set up since Sunday during the daylight hours in order to keep people from accessing the park while the building still stands. Access will be prohibited until the building is demolished.
“We are there to keep people away from the property and to make sure that it is safe so nobody gets hurt,” said Narragansett Police Sergeant Brian Routhier.
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