Keep in mind that the Local Historic District Study Committee is presenting a recommendation to the voters. They will finalize on guidelines, ordinance wording and most importantly the borders based on input from city councilors and the citizens. The only reason they changed course from having the entire historic district covered was because the building department and the planning office screamed like scorched cats.
This action of limiting to the Downtown and to High Street came out of City Hall not from the citizens.
Therefore, I plan on getting together with other homeowners and preservationists and make sure our input is included in the public hearings.
I WANT THE ENTIRE NATIONAL REGISTER DISTRICT INCLUDED.
I am documenting and will continue to document the pillaging that is going on every week in the Newburyport Historic District. Thanks to Gary Calderwood, I know exactly which homes are being destroyed, gutted or ruined. And thanks to ANR*, most never see the inside of any board or commission. A simple stroll at night or a breezy bike ride can at any moment expose another gutted house, plastic windows and another vinyl siding. Inappropriate windows, sections cut out for a bay exposure and dozens of desecrations appear ALL THE TIME.
The National Architectural Trust and Mass Historic in the early years of the 2000 decade alone indicated 700 lost since 1984. In just twenty years and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see it is accelerating as careless or ignorant developers flood into the City.
Therefore, we need the entire area protected. And we can’t wait around to hear the Libertarians recount their fantasies, the city hall workers lamenting their troubles or clueless citizens who declare there is no problem.
AND IF JUST DOWNTOWN/HIGH STREET PASSES THROUGH THE CITY COUNCIL IN 2012, I ASSURE YOU A PETITION DRIVE TO GET THE NATIONAL REGISTER AREA COVERED WILL BE A GUARANTEE.
* Approval not required.