The 2007 application process for Community Preservation Act funding closed September 27 with a
total of 10 applications received for projects involving historic preservation, open space, community
housing, and recreation. The total amount of funds requested is $3,322,500.00 and the Community
Preservation Commission is currently working with an anticipated budget of $2 million.
This year’s projects include the following:
Conservation of the Thoreau Books Collection – Concord Free Public Library Corporation
Town-held Conservation Restriction Baseline Documentation – Natural Resources Commission
Affordable Housing Acquisition Program – Concord Housing Development Corporation
Barrett’s Farm Stabilization and Restoration Project – Save Our Heritage, Inc.
Acquisition of the Pine Tree Farm – Walden Woods Project
Acquisition of the Hubbard Brook Farm Field – Natural Resources Commission
Sleepy Hollow Deed House – Concord Public Works
Climate Control Project – Concord Museum
Nashawtuc Bridge Preservation Project – Concord Public Works
Orchard House Restoration Phase II – Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association/Orchard House
Next week, the CPC will begin their two month process of individually reviewing and assessing each
of the proposed applications for consideration by the 2008 Annual Town Meeting. The review
process will culminate in a public hearing scheduled for Thursday, November 29 at 7:30pm in the
Harvey Wheeler Community Center in West Concord. The public hearing provides an excellent
opportunity for the public to learn more about the proposed projects and how they will support
community housing, historic preservation, open space and recreation in the community.
The $2 million dollars available for these Concord projects are a combination of two funding
sources, local and state. A 1.5% tax on Concord real estate was voted by residents in 2004, with the
first $100,000 of property value exempt, and an exemption for low-income residents. The state
matching funds are disbursed from the Community Preservation Trust Fund, a fund created by fees
charged at the Registry of Deeds on property transactions and mortgage refinancing activities
throughout the state.
The Concord Community Preservation Committee is comprised of designees of the Historical
Commission, Housing Authority, Natural Resources Commission, Planning Board and Recreation
Commission, and four at-large members that are appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Joanne
Gibson (Chairman), Jack Clymer (Vice Chair) Evin Phillips (Treasurer), and Gary Clayton are the
at-large members. The other members are: Jack Finigan from the Concord Housing Authority,
Debbie Bier (Clerk) from the Concord Historical Commission, Jamie Bemis from the Natural
Resources Commission, Michele O'Brien from the Recreation Commission, and Dorcas Miller from
the Planning Board.
For more information, visit the Concord CPC at www.concordma.gov, or call Lara Kritzer in the
Department of Planning & Land Management at (978) 318-3290.