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Group A Public Hearing Presentation

  1. 1. Local Historic District Expansion Project Joint Public Hearing J i P bli H i Legislative Matters Committee of the Board of Aldermen And Historic Preservation Commission GROUP A December 2, 2009 Monica R. Lamboy M i R L b Executive Director, OSPCD
  2. 2. The Value of Historic Districts to City Preserves and enhances City’s cultural and historical resources ese ves de ces C y s cu u d s o c esou ces Protects unique character of City’s built environment Creates strong economic b fi f the Ci through: C i benefits for h City h h Increase in property values Neighborhood stability Quality property reinvestment Q lit t i t t Tourist appeal and spending Integrates City s Smart Growth and green economy goals by: City’s Promoting reinvestment in the existing building stock Reducing material waste Reusing finite resources g Capitalizing on our rich architectural heritage
  3. 3. Benefits of LHD to Owners Higher value – historic designation attracts buyers who tend to pay higher sale prices Exemptions – historic properties not subject to all new code regulations Protection – designation ensures your work will be preserved by future owners Special treatment – owners receive free technical assistance from HPC staff and professional advice of Commission members Eligibility – offering free historic plaque to owners in this round only; non-profits eligible for State funds for emergency work non- Unique Uses – historic bed & breakfast use only allowed within LHDs; considering amendments for historic carriage houses Prestige -less than 3% of total buildings designated historic g g g
  4. 4. Criteria for Property Designation Rarity in Somerville y Good examples of architectural style or type Form & massing that contributes toward the g streetscape Respectful rehabilitation or restoration Potential danger of loss to community Association with important national or local events and/or pr min nt fi r nt nd/ r prominent figures Location
  5. 5. Missed Opportunities Lessons Learned Without designation special properties may be irretrievably altered or demolished Notable losses in recent past One Benton Road 46 Pearl Street Saint Polycarp’s Church Near losses over time Somerville Theatre, 1990’s Somerville Armory, 2004 First Methodist Church, One Summer Street
  6. 6. Missed Opportunities Lessons Learned 15-17 Flint Street 1 Benton Road – Benton-Corwin House
  7. 7. Missed Opportunities Lessons Learned 46 Pearl Street – Ezra Conant House
  8. 8. Missed Opportunities Lessons Learned St. Polycarp’s Church – 100 Temple St.
  9. 9. Realized Opportunity Working with SHPC 2008 – SHPC Director’s Award 2 Benton Road – Benton- Hood House
  10. 10. LHD Designation Process City Surveying – Two State Grants Documentation – Form B and Preliminary Report Formal Review and Comment o ev e d o e Somerville Planning Board Massachusetts Historical Commission assac usetts sto ca Co ss o SHPC Public Hearing SHPC Final Report to BOA BOA Vote on Map Amendments Recording of Maps at Registry of Deeds
  11. 11. Going an Extra Step Process Continued Outreach to Property Owners 3 additional contacts Follow- Follow-up Letters New Hi N Historic and A hi i d Architectural R l Reports LHD Informational Materials Acknowledgement Cards Personal Visits SHPC Public Hearing Notice by Certified Mail
  12. 12. Somerville Through the Civil War GROUP A 1845-1865 3 Districts 16 P Properties i
  13. 13. Context – History of Era 1600 - 1845 Early settlement along Broadway, Washington Broadway Street and Somerville Avenue Middlesex Canal Opens – 1804 Fitchburg Railroad for Industry – 1841 Fitchburg Railroad for Passengers – 1843
  14. 14. Context – History of Era 1842 - 1865 Somerville Becomes A Town – 1842 Population Triples 1842 – 1850 Population More Th D bl 1850 -1860 P l i M Than Doubles Farming Village to Residential Suburb of Boston Somerville Population Change, 1840-1865 15,000 1855: Tufts 1850: University y 10,000 America T otal Population 11,355 n 1842: Tubewo Somervill 8,025 e 5,000 Incorpor 5,783 800 3,540 3 540 1013 0 1840 1842 1850 1855 1860 1865 Source: US
  15. 15. Somerville’s Early Architectural Styles 18th Century h COLONIAL : 1700-1785 FEDERAL : 1785-1820
  16. 16. Architectural Styles of the Era 1845 – 1865 Group A GREEK REVIVAL ITALIANATE SECOND EMPIRE 1825-1860 1840-1885 1860-1880
  17. 17. Flint Street Historic District GROUP A 11- 3 li S 11-13 Flint St. 14 Flint St. 15- 15-17 Flint St. 22 Flint St. St
  18. 18. Flint Street Historic District 11-13 Flint St. 3 15-17 Flint St. 22 Flint St. 14 Flint St.
  19. 19. Central/Atherton/Spring/Summer Historic District GROUP A 53 Atherton St. 12 Harvard St. 18- 18-20 Spring St. 34 Spring St. 38 Spring St. 42 Spring St. 50 Spring St. 54 Spring St.
  20. 20. Central/Atherton/Spring/Summer Historic District 53 Atherton St St. 18-20 Spring St. 12 Harvard St. 34 Spring St.
  21. 21. Central/Atherton/Spring/Summer Historic District 38 Spring St. St 42 Spring St. p g 50 Spring St. 54 Spring St.
  22. 22. Dane Street Historic District GROUP A 62 Dane St. 64 Dane St. 65 Dane St St. 66 Dane St.
  23. 23. Dane Street Historic District 62 Dane St. 64 Dane St. Dane Street Local Historic District 65 Dane St. 66 Dane St.
  24. 24. QUESTIONS & COMMENTS
  25. 25. Conclusion Written Comments to Historic Preservation Preser ation Commission by Fri. Dec. 4, 2009 Contacts Monica R. Lamboy, Executive Director Rob May, Director of Economic Development City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02143 Hall Avenue, Somerville rmay@somervillema.gov

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