The Portsmouth Town Council approved an eight-feet variance Monday night for a new building at the .
The vote was unanimous.
Brewers Sakonnet Marina is planning to construct a new 9,600 sq. ft. building to house its offices and boat storage facilities. The existing building, which houses the present offices, will be demolished.
The company has received a permit from the Portsmouth Zoning Board of Review, but a variance is needed to permit the offices and bathrooms to remain on the same first floor as the boat storage.
Most of the new building will be devoted to boat storage. However, a northern 30-foot-section will house offices and bathrooms.
The request was to make access to the building more convenient for patrons, according to the site manager. Without the variance, an elevator would be required for handicapped access.
A variance is being sought to construct this northern section at eight feet above Mean Sea Level. Buildings in V-16 Zones require bathrooms and offices to be constructed at least 16' above Mean Sea Level.
The development site has no history of flooding, according to the site manager.
The structure still requires approval by the Rhode Island Coastal Management Council.