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Sailing hall of fame board votes to leave Annapolis, move to Newport, Rhode Island

Date Posted: 2018-11-06
Source: Capital Gazette

Barring last-minute discovery of structural or environmental damage, the National Sailing Hall of Fame is relocating to a historic armory in Newport, Rhode Island.

The hall’s board of directors voted 17-9 to Tuesday in favor of proceeding with its deal to purchase space in the Armory Building for $1.685 million. The hall’s “checklist” includes inspecting the site for mold, asbestos, structural or environmental issues, said hall president Gary Jobson.

The deadline for completing a deal with Newport is Nov. 8. Jobson said the vote total wasn’t ambiguous.

“That’s a strong statement in favor of Newport,” he said.

Jobson said the hall will spend about $4 million to buy, renovate, furnish and install exhibits in the Newport property. He estimates renovating the space will cost $1.25 million to $1.5 million. That includes installing sprinklers, new flooring and new windows. It will cost another $1 million to get the site ready to open.

It will take about a year to renovate the armory. The hall’s lease with the state in the Captain Burtis House on City Dock expires Feb. 24, 2020.

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