Agenda for February, minutes for December are posted and available for your review now! Hope to see you all at what looks to be a pretty busy February meeting next Monday.
In other news and for those interested in improvements at Brooks Park on Grove Street – up next is the much needed restoration of both the fieldstone wall along Grove Street, and the restoration of Pomp’s Wall (the brick wall).
In anticipation of the masonry work, the areas in front and up to 5’ behind both walls will be cleared of all invasive plants, small/medium scrub trees and all dead trees/branches. This work has all been approved by the Medford Tree Warden and done in conjunction with the DPW, and the on-site contractor.
You may recall our archaeological dig last summer; that project is mostly completed with a final report due soon. We plan to host a community meeting to share the findings from the dig later this year – keep an eye out.
It’s a great month to check in and see how the Historical Commission works – we’ve got properties at all stages of the demo review process. Application, determination of historical significance and a vote on preferably preserved status.
Plus, updates on the Thomas Brooks Park project and our ongoing city-wide survey of historical properties – this year our architectural historians will look at some yet unstudied corners of Medford: the old Brickyards, Mystic Park and Fulton Heights.
The July agenda is ready to share – ahead of next week’s meeting. Tune in and keep tabs on the changes afoot in your neighborhood. There are 2 votes – on the Preferably Preserved status of 76 Sharon Street and the carriage house at 80 Otis Street – plus we will be reviewing the submission of 1 application for demolition, and determining the historical significance of 6 properties.
The June agenda is ready to share – ahead of next week’s meeting. Tune in and keep tabs on the changes afoot in your neighborhood. There is one vote – on the Preferably Preserved status of 130 Boston Ave, in West Medford – plus we will be reviewing the submission of 6 applications for demolition, and determining the historical significance of 4 properties.
The March agenda is ready to share – ahead of next week’s meeting. For two properties – one in Hillside and one in South Medford – the commission will determine whether or not they are preferably preserved.
At our busy February meeting, the decisions were as follows –
The house at 33 Third Street was voted to be Preferably Preserved, in a vote of 3 to 2, and we are now actively working with the owner on revised designs.
Whenever 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. However, the demolition delay may be lifted before the 18-month period, if a plan is developed that addresses the concerns of the public and the commission. The applicant is always 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; often the applicant works directly with a subcommittee that can help them develop appropriate plans.
The house at 78 Cotting Street, and the house at 17 Edward Street were both found to be Historically Significant by unanimous vote. We will determine whether they are also Preferably Preserved at the March meeting.
The house at 64 Court Street was found to be NOT Historically Significant, also in a unanimous vote.
The campus of the St. Clements church and school, at 595 Boston Avenue, were found to be historically signficant, by unanimous vote.
And we approved our Annual Report, which will be shared here after it is reviewed by the mayor.
We reviewed 3 applications for demo permits; this begins the process of demolition review by our committee. We reviewed applications submitted by the residents at 78 Cotting Street, and by property owners at 17 Edward Street and 64 Court Street and found them complete.
We also voted to find both 28 Chester Street and 93 Wason Street not historically significant, so their demolition permits have been granted and they will proceed with their plans.
The house, already under redevelopment at 160 Forest St was found to be NOT preferably preserved by a unanimous vote.
The house at 33 Third Street was found to be historically significant by a vote of 4 to 1. At our February Meeting we will decide whether this building is also preferably preserved.