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HPC Minutes, May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014 - Workshop

The Historic Preservation Commission met on Thursday, May 1st at the Dorchester County Library meeting room, 303 Gay Street. Brian Roche, Chair, began the meeting at approximately 7:00PM and took a roll call of members attending.

Commissioners Attending: Brian Roche, Will Dennehy, Ron Berman, Mike Russo.

Commissioners Absent: Dormaim Bromwell Green, Patricia Weischmann,

Other representatives or staff attending: No staff was in attendance due to vacations.

Brian Roche stated that this workshop is to continue work on the Design Guidelines. The following items were discussed and considered.

HPC Design Guidelines

• 4.2 Does Your Project Require HPC Approval? This FAQ section should be moved to the end of Chapter 3 The Review Process.

• Will D. to edit out and questions that are already covered in Chapter 3.

• There are at least two places where "prior to" should be changed to "before."

• 4.2M Period of Significance. Clearly define "Contributing" and Non-contributing."
• Indicate the difference between A and B buildings. (Perhaps list the A building since there are only half a dozen).

In Mr. Dennehy's opinion 4.2M should be deleted and the difference between Contributing and Non-contributing buildings should be added to the end of Chapter 1.

• New Section 1.5 Contributing and Non-contributing Structures (Sections 1.5 - 1.7 will be renumbered.)

A. Definitions:
Contributing Structure:

A contributing property is any building, structure, object or site within the boundaries of the district that contributes to its historic associations, historic architectural qualities or archaeological qualities of a historic district. It can be any property, structure or object that adds to the historic integrity or architectural qualities that make the historic district significant. A key aspect of a contributing property is historic integrity. Significant alterations to a property can sever its physical connections with the past, lowering its historic integrity. Contributing properties are integral parts of the historic context and character of a historic district. A property listed as a contributing member of a historic district meets National Register criteria and qualifies for all benefits afforded a property or site listed individually on the National Register.

Non-Contributing Structure:
A non-contributing Structure is:
1. Any structure built after 1940
2. A structure built before 1940 that has lost its significance because of significant alterations. By definition a structure is non-contributing when its historic nature, in the sole opinion of the Commission, has been so severely compromised by alterations that those alternations cannot be reversed.
3. Structures with alternation that can be reversed, in the sole opinion of the Commission will retain their Contributing status.

B. Consideration
The Commission will be lenient in its judgment of plans for Non-Contributing Structures. However, even Non-contributing structures must meet the following standards.
1. First, do no harm. Alternations, additions and new construction may not damage or harm historic elements and detract from the historic nature of a site.
2. Any proposed changes must be reversible.
3. Change shall not detract from the visual coherence of the Historic District as a whole.

C. Contributing and Non-contributing structures in the Cambridge Historic District were defined in the 1996 (?) Paula Reed Study. That study can be found in Appendix (?)

Meeting adjourned at approximately 9:00PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel L. Brandewie, City Planner II for Brian Roche

Approved by: Brian Roche, Chairman Date: June 19th, 2014

Note: These minutes were approved at the meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting on June 19th, 2014.