As it happens, Medford’s Historic District Commission is currently operating two members short. If you’re interested in working to preserve Medford’s historic neighborhoods – including the recently discussed Forest St – please be in touch and we can answer any questions about their role, and ours. To apply send a resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The home at 109 Forest St was determined to be preferably preserved at our August public meeting.
When a building is found to be “preferably preserved” an 18 month delay of demolition is imposed, to give the applicant time to consider sale, renovation, reuse, relocation and other alternatives to demolition. The 18 month delay, in this case, also allows time for the neighbors, and the Historic District Commission, to develop plans for a potential Forest St Historic District, which could protect the house, and its neighbors, from demolition.
The applicant is invited to return to the Commission’s upcoming public meetings to present plans and alternatives, and to discuss the preservation concerns that their neighbors and the commission have. If, in any case, a plan is developed that addresses the concerns of the public and the commission, a demolition delay may be lifted before the 18 month period.
Thanks to the Medford residents who filled Alden Council Chambers to share their thoughts and concerns. Thanks too to residents who contacted us in writing. Everyone we heard from strongly supported preserving the house.
For a review of public comments, and details on the decision, please see our forthcoming meeting minutes.
Here is the August Agenda, for the Historical Commission’s meeting on Mon, Aug 12. Please note the change of venue! We will still be meeting in City Hall at 7 PM, but in the spacious Alden Council Chambers since there is considerable interest in 109 Forest St. Our meeting will follow directly after the Historic DISTRICT Commission, where discussion of Forest St will also be on the agenda.