- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Newport’s Gateway Center is getting a makeover.

The Newport Daily News (http://bit.ly/IX5CGL ) reports that the City Council voted to commit money to expand the center, currently occupied by the region’s visitors and convention bureau, Discover Newport.

The federal government would be responsible for 90 percent of the costs, which could top $7 million. The city would be responsible for the remaining 10 percent.

Officials with Rhode Island Public Transit Authority say they are deciding how to spend funding for damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. The structure’s white canopies were blown away in the storm and never replaced, leaving a skeletal steel structure.

Funding decisions are set to be finalized before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

Both the city and RIPTA must support the chosen redesign.

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.

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