Nylen, the attorney, yesterday said the structure is not in the district. He stated the state commission is attempting to gain leverage by saying the building is “a contributing element.”
“The first thing we did was have a meeting with the Newburyport Historical Commission,” said Nylen. “We understood it was not in the district, and we worked with them on ideas and design.”
The lawyer stated that the Leone team had acquired a demolition permit to remove a red wall added in the 1950s and replace it with a glass structure that would lend itself to views of the river.
“We’re disappointed with the recent (Simon) letter but we plan to go forward with the project,” said Nylen. “We will have a discussion (with state historical officials) on what happens next.”