141 Keyes Road
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Valarie Kinkade, Chair
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 3rd Thursday of every month at 141 Keyes Road (unless otherwise noted*) at 7 PM. The public is welcome at any meeting.
2013 Meeting Schedule
for the remainder of the calendar year
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 is planning to put forward a revised Demolition Delay Bylaw 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 new Demolition Delay Bylaws as well as additional information on the process and properties that would potentially be impacted is available in the above links. The CHC has a public hearingsscheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:00PM in the Harvey Wheeler Community Center Auditorium, 1276 Main Street, West Concord. CCTV taped the CHC's Town House public hearing held on October 23 and will be rebroadcasting it during the week of October 28th. Please send any questions or comments on the proposed Demolition Delay Bylaw or process to the Historical Commission at HistoricCommQuestion@concordma.gov.
TOWN OF CONCORD
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
WHEELER-HARRINGTON HOUSE AND PARK MANAGEMENT PLAN
RFP # 308
The Concord Historical Commission, by and through the Town of Concord, is seeking proposals from qualified individuals or firms to complete an integrated Management Plan for the Wheeler- Harrington House and surrounding Harrington Park at 249 Harrington Avenue. Proposals must be received at the Office of the Finance Director, 22 Monument Square, Concord, MA 01742, on or before 3:00 P.M., Thursday, November 21, 2013.
The Town of Concord reserves the right to reject any and all bids or to waive any informalities in the Proposal process, if deemed in the Town’s best interest.
The Request for Proposals (RFP), containing scope of work, proposal requirements, and evaluation criteria, is available upon request after 10:00 am, Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Concord Planning Division, 141 Keyes Road, Concord, MA 01742.
Copies will be obtained by contacting Senior Planner Lara Kritzer at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 978-318-3293.