August Determinations

The Medford Historical Commission has made the following determinations at their August meeting:

77 Cotting St – NOT preferably preserved.

137 Damon Rd – NOT preferably preserved.

368-374 Main St – Preferably preserved, with a demolition delay of up to 18 months.

Thanks to everyone who came out to voice their concerns about three very interesting properties in Medford. Each of these buildings vividly represents the history of its unique Medford neighborhood – be it the 19th C working-class residential boom of Hillside, the grand suburban plans of Lawrence Estates or the homey and bustling streetscape of South Medford’s Little Italy. When these buildings are gone, their loss will be felt. For those who couldn’t make it, here are some details, via the Transcript.

Demolition Notice: 137 Damon Rd

Notice of Public Hearing

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

On Intent to Demolish a Significant Building
As Determined by the Medford Historical Commission

Notice is hereby given to the Public that a Notice of Intent to Demolish a Building has
been submitted to the Medford Historical Commission for the house located at 137
Damon Road, Medford, MA. The Medford Historical Commission has determined that
the building meets the criteria of a significant building as defined in Section 48-77 of the
Medford City Ordinance. In accordance with Section 48-78 of the Medford City
Ordinance, the Medford Historical Commission is holding a public hearing on Monday,
August 20, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the South Medford Fire Station,
located at Medford and Main Streets, to determine if the demolition of the building at 137
Damon Road would be detrimental to the historical, cultural, or architectural heritage or
resources of the City of Medford.

137 Damon Road:
137 Damon Road MHC Form B
137 Damon Road Demolition Application

Historically Significant

77 Cotting St,
137 Damon Rd and
368-374 Main St

have all been found historically significant. This means that a public meeting will be held on Monday, Aug 20 7 PM in the Community Room at the South Medford Fire Station, at Main and Medford Sts [was City Hall] to determine whether these historically significant buildings are also preferably preserved. After public discussion, if they are determined to be preferably preserved, a demolition delay of 18 months may be imposed. The demo delay can be lifted if the community and owner/developer can create a plan that preserves the historic character of the neighborhood.

Next Meeting! Tues July 31!

Thanks to summer schedules, our August meeting to determine the historical significance of three interesting properties – 77 Cotting St, 137 Damon Rd and the “Bocelli’s” commercial building at 368, 370 and 372 Main St – will be Tuesday, July 31 7 PM in room 201 of Medford City Hall. A little more on the process, here.



Although the image above was basically just swiped off the internet, it does show the art deco lettering of the old DePasquale’s facade, just barely peeking out from under the Bocelli’s sign.

And the photo left shows the little art deco antelope on the facade, a symbol of agriculture and abundance.

More information about the individual properties can be found below as follows:

77 Cotting Street:
77 Cotting Street Demolition Application
77 Cotting Street Site Plan Scan
77 Cotting Street MHC Form B

137 Damon Road:
137 Damon Road MHC Form B
137 Damon Road Demolition Application

368-374 Main Street:
Main Street MHC Form B
368-374 MainStreet Demolition Application
368-374 Main Street Owner Approval Letter
374 Main Street New Building Plans




July New Business

The Historical Commission received applications for demolition permits on houses at 137 Damon Road and 77 Cotting Street.

At the August meeting [now scheduled for Tues July 31 7 PM], the commission will determine the historical significance of these houses. If the houses are found historically significant, there will then be a public meeting in September where a demolition delay may be imposed. At this public meeting, neighbors will get the chance to meet with the owner and discuss their concerns about the property.

The Historical Commission also received an application for demolition for the commercial buildings at 368, 370, 372 and 374 Main Street. That building is home to Bocelli’s restaurant, previously DePasquale Bros., and supposedly the first restaurant in the region, outside of Boston’s North End, to serve pizza!  The building now also houses the Backstreet Salon and Jason Anthony Formal Wear.

The process is the same for commercial buildings.