Over a decade after Tiverton watched its Yacht Club's club house turn to ash, the small Rhode Island town on the Mount Hope Bay is looking to rebuild.
"It is the end of a long journey," Stephen Hughes, Commodore of the Tiverton Yacht Club told Tiverton's local NBC affiliate.
Once the smoke cleared, the Yacht Club found itself in a sea of legal red tape as lawsuits brought by neighbors on nearby Riverside Drive concerning everything from zoning to the club's septic system sought to halt any construction.
The battle would stretch all the way to Rhode Island's Supreme Court.
“(We) refused to give up the fight,” Hughes said. “To just to be able to put shovels in the ground [earlier this week] - it’s a very anxious moment and exciting moment for all the membership of the club.”
Construction officially began yesterday on the new club house, which will sit on the same foundation where the original structure once stood.
Slated to open in June of 2016, the new building will offer space for a sailing classes, a kitchen, and a function room.
“(It’s) almost like a second home,” said Jim Rogers, a board member. “It was a home away from home, not only because of the ambiance of the place, but because of the people who belonged here.”
For more information, visit www.tivertonyachtclub.org