A busy agenda for next Monday; we will be reviewing applications to demo for 4 properties in Medford. If you want to see the demo review process start to finish, this is how it starts. Note – we are still looking for a new member to replace an outgoing commissioner and complete the commission. If you are interested and have any questions, or want to learn more, please stop by!
Medford Historical Commission Call for Letters of Interest
The Medford Historical Commission seeks letters of interest from qualified individuals within the Medford community to serve on our board.The Medford Historical Commission and the Medford Historic District Commission share the common goals of preserving and protecting the City’s historic character and heritage.
The Medford Historical Commission was established under Section 8d of Chapter 40 of the Massachusetts General Laws and Chapter 48 of the Medford Municipal Ordinances. The Commission is the official City body charged with the identification of properties and sites in the City of historical significance and is the principal adviser to the City on matters relating to historic preservation. The Commission is further charged with reviewing all requests for demolition of buildings 75 years or older, or are listed on the National and/or Massachusetts Registers of Historic Places, in accordance with the City’s demolition delay ordinance.
Applicants should have interest, knowledge, and experience in fields related to historic preservation and Medford history. Interested applicants may contact the Commission for further information. Please include your name and contact information, as well as any supporting material. Candidates may be contacted by the Commission for an interview. The Commission shall then present a list of nominees to the Mayor for final selection and appointment. Those selected to serve on the board generally serve three years.
Please submit letters & materials to:
Candidate Selection Subcommittee
Ryan D. Hayward, Vice-Chairman
Medford Historical Commission
Email (preferred): HistoricalCommission@Medford-MA.gov
Please contact us for regular mailing address (City Hall access is limited)
This month’s agenda is now available, along with all Zoom info for remote participation.
At our monthly public meeting, this month on Monday Jan 11, the commission will be determining whether or not two properties – one on South Street, and one in Haines Square – are preferably preserved. We invite all residents and members of the public to share their thoughts on these properties with us – you can email, or attend the meeting next week.
Also at our busy December meeting – we voted that the property at 120 Jerome Street should be preferably preserved given its potential contribution to historic district that would preserve and highlight the neighborhood history of West Medford’s African-American community.
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 applicant is invited to return to the Commission’s upcoming public meetings to present plans and alternatives – in this case, we voted to have a subcommittee communicate with the developer – and to discuss the preservation concerns that their neighbors and the commission have. If 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 wrote in, or attended in person, to voice their opinions for and against the preservation of this building.
For more on the demo review process at 120 Jerome Street, the posts are collected here.
In collaboration with the City of Medford Procurement Office, the Medford Historical Commission is pleased to announce that beginning on August 17, 2020, RFP 21-0191 for the Winter Hill Neighborhood Historic Property Survey will be available on the City’s online procurement platform. The following is our official announcement and how to get a hold of the documents:
CITY OF MEDFORD
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Winter Hill Neighborhood
Historic Properties Survey
The City of Medford (City) is seeking proposals from qualified historic preservation consultants to undertake an intensive-level, neighborhood survey of cultural and architectural resources in the Winter Hill neighborhood of the City of Medford.
This project is being Electronically Bid (E-Bid). Requests for Proposals will be available beginning Monday, August 17, 2020. Proposal Documents will be available online at:
https://www.bidnetdirect.com/massachusetts/cityofmedford. All plan holders must have an active online account on http://www.bidnetdirect.com to acquire documents, receive project notifications, and to submit your technical and price proposal electronically.
Proposers must meet the following minimum qualifications: a Bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation, Architectural History, History, Art History, or a closely related field, plus at least two years full-time experience in an area relevant to the project; or a Master’s degree in any of the above mentioned areas.
All proposals shall be submitted online to http://www.BidNetDirect.com prior to September 17, 2020, at 2 p.m. Hard copy proposals will not be accepted by BidNetDirect.com. or by the Awarding Authority. You can register to become a proposer online at http://www.BidNetDirect.com. For assistance, contact BidNetDirect.com at 800-835-4603.
Each Proposal shall be submitted in accordance with the Instructions within the RFP. It is the responsibility of prospective proposers and or bidders to check http://www.BidNetDirect.com for new information via any addenda or modifications to this solicitation. Addenda will be emailed to all Plan holders registered with BidNet.
Questions regarding this Request for Proposals must be written and submitted via BidNetDirect.com.
As noted above, all addenda shall be sent via BidNetDirect.com and emailed to registered Plan holders.
The City reserves the right to reject all proposals, in whole or in part, as determined to be in the best interests of the City and to waive minor informalities.
Chief Procurement Officer
Additional information about the project area can be found online in the Survey Plan for South Medford at:
We are still holding our monthly meetings on Zoom, and this month our meeting will start at 7:30 PM Monday, August 10th. Zoom info is in the agenda, below.
On the Agenda is a potential new initiative, in collaboration with Medford’s Community Preservation Coalition, to assist homeowners with preservation projects.
Also on the agenda are further discussions of the recent city council meeting (see video here), and concerns we share with the Building Department about review of permits for gut rehabs and demolitions.
Finally, our members will be joining the Historic District Commission for their public meeting at 6 PM, on Zoom. This public meeting will discuss a proposed Historic District to protect the Haskell-Cutter House. More on the home, and proposed district here.
Our May meeting will be a virtual meeting, via Zoom. Both Forest St and a house on Pleasant St are on the agenda.
The agenda includes instructions on how to login. While Zoom-Burnout is real, you might consider logging in, saying hello and then just listening in to the meeting while you tidy up from dinner.
In accordance with City Hall’s physical distancing policies, our monthly meeting for April was cancelled. It has been quiet – we have had no new applications for demolition, but our chair, Jen Keenan is still responding to all incoming inquiries and correspondence.
Our CPA and survey projects are, so far, ongoing – in fact, we were awarded a grant from the Masssachusetts state Historical Commission to continue the work of surveying and documenting the historic properties in Medford’s neighborhoods. Our focus in the upcoming year will be the Medford portion of Winter Hill, on Medford’s southern border with Somerville.
Jen has also checked in with all members and we are all doing as well as could be expected.
Another light agenda for March! With no new demo review cases, we have more time to work on other things: our Preserve Medford projects, our Survey and Planning work and our Site Review comments for large-scale redevelopment in Medford.
In the service of increased transparency, we ask that, starting this month, anyone with items for the agenda contact us on or before the Monday one week prior to our regular meeting. This will allow us to get all business into the published agenda in a timely manner. Our meeting dates are the second Monday of every month, so the deadline for inclusion on the agenda is simply the first Monday of the month.