Medford’s current Demo Review process is not likely to be a surprise or an exceptional burden for homeowners or developers.
Most Massachusetts communities, from Boston to Woburn and beyond have a demo review process similar to that in the City of Medford. A property owner would be hard pressed to “leave Medford” and buy a property nearby that does not need to follow this, or a similar process, before being demolished. Similarly, a developer – someone whose business it is to redevelop properties – would not likely buy in Medford, Arlington, Woburn, etc and not know that older buildings will be subject to a demo review process by the town or city.
On our website, we describe the demolition review process in our city, and at the bottom of that page you can review the demolition policies of our neighboring towns and cities.
For information on the homes demolished on Winthrop Street site above, and the famous folks who had lived there, read more here!!
This is the fourth post in a series of Clarifications & Corrections. See also:
“Pro-Active Preservation,” about our ongoing survey and inventory research.
“Kissing Cousins”, which explains the different roles of the Historical Commission, the Historical Society and the Historic District Commission.
And “Are We Anti-Development?” about the big picture directive of the Medford Historical Commission.