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Concord Historical Commission
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Director
Senior Planner
Administrative Assistant
Address:
141 Keyes Road
First Floor
Concord, MA
Phone:
(978) 318-3290
Fax:
(978) 318-3291
Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 
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Committee Members:
Full Members
Valarie Kinkade, Chair
Annette Bagley
Andrew Koh
Geoffrey Taylor
Electa Tritsch
Associate Members
Dawn Epstein
Mission Statement

The Historical Commission was created by an Act of the 1973 Town Meeting to "identify and safeguard for posterity the unique physical attributes of the town, as exemplified by the various sites, buildings, and other edifices of historic, literary, architectural, or archaeological significance to Concord."

The Commission usually meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at 141 Keyes Road (unless otherwise noted*) at 7 PM. The public is welcome at any meeting.
                                                        
2014 Meeting Schedule
All Meetings are held in the Second Floor Conference Room, 141 Keyes Road unless otherwise noted.
(updated 2/4/14)

Thursday, January 9
Thursday, February 13
Thursday, March 6
Thursday, April 10
Thursday, May 15
Thursday, June 12
Thursday, July 10
Thursday, August 14
Thursday, September 11
Thursday, October 9
Thursday, November 13
Thursday, December 11


Proposed Revisions to the Demolition Delay Bylaw

The Concord Historical Commission (CHC) takes seriously its charge of identifying and protecting Concord’s historic resources and has spent the last four years studying how Concord can better protect its architectural heritage.  The Commission has become increasingly concerned with the impact of demolition on this heritage, and has submitted a revised Demolition Delay Bylaw Warrant Article for the 2014 Annual Town Meeting which they believe will address this problem.  Many surrounding communities have adopted more comprehensive Demolition Delay Bylaws, and the revisions now proposed for the Concord Bylaw are intended to provide the same protections which other communities are giving to their important cultural resources.

The proposed revisions to the Bylaw will allow the CHC to determine if a proposed demolition will impact an historically significant structure and if so, provides a period of time where the demolition can be delayed so that alternatives to demolition can be explored or the historic structure documented.  One of the proposed changes to the current bylaw will require any structure proposed for demolition that is older than 75 years to be subject to review to determine whether the structure is historically significant.  It also changes the period of delay from the present 6 months to one year in cases where the structure is determined to be historically significant.  General household maintenance such as painting, replacing gutters, altering doors or windows, etc., will not be affected by these proposed changes.

Copies of the existing and proposed Demolition Delay Bylaw Warrant Article, as well as additional information on the process and properties that would potentially be impacted, is available in the above links.   Please send any questions or comments on the proposed Demolition Delay Bylaw or process to the Historical Commission at HistoricCommQuestion@concordma.gov.







 
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