Studies, inventories, and plans to set priorities and guide decisions for the preservation of historic buildings and sites throughout the City of Newton.
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Demarcate and justify a new local historic district in Newton Highlands, in compliance with Newton's local ordinances and applicable state laws.
No full proposal submitted, so this project was not funded.
|$20,000||CPA request estimated in pre-proposal; in the end, other sources below were increased enough to eliminate any need for CPA funding|
|$1,000||Newton Highlands Area Council contribution|
|$4,000||value of contributed volunteer hours|
|$26,200||TOTAL PROJECT COST|
30 March 2016 - pre-proposal
14 April 2016 - meeting minutes for the CPC's discussion of this pre-proposal, including conditions for consideration of a full proposal
29 September 2016 - Planning Dept. notice that no full proposal will be submitted
In consultation with the Newton Highlands Area Council, the Planning Department decided this project could be completed without CPA funds.
2013 - Newton's local ordinances for the Newton Historical Commission (citywide) and local historic districts
2003 - state process for establishing local historic districts (Massachusetts Historical Commission)
2012 - Historic Preservation Design Guidelines, used by the Newton Historical Commission and Newton's local historic district commissions to evaluate proposed projects (after clicking on link above, scroll down). These guidelines are posted under "Reports & Studies" on Historic Preservation webpages of the Planning
March 2016 - Newton Highlands Area Council webpage for this project, including links to information about Newton's existing local historic districts
Elsewhere on this page, see also the Historic Preservation Design Guidelines, used by Newton's local historic district commissions.
Identify the City's most historically significant public buildings, evaluate their significant features, and make recommendations for their preservation, rehabilitation, and adaptive re-use, within the context of the City's overall Capital Needs Assessment.
|$98,780||CP funds appropriated (historic resources)|
|$395,000||City of Newton Overlay Surplus Reserve Account|
|$20,000||CDBG (federal funds, for accessibility assessments)|
|$513,780||TOTAL COST for City Capital Needs Assessment|
7 January 2011 - pre-proposal
4 March 2011 - CPC funding recommendation
21 March 2011 - Board order (appropriation)
April 2012 - Phase 1 Report: Phase 1 was a brief survey of all City buildings, with rankings & recommendations for further, in-depth assessment of certain buildings. These long files may load slowly:
April 2012 - Phase 2 Final Reports for all individual buildings assessed (on Public Buildings Dept. webpages)
Correct and expand existing partial surveys of Newton's earliest buildings, to guide regulatory preservation, including the demolition delay, as well as future decisions about preservation funding. Some significant early buildings have been lost since previous surveys were done; and the City's current information about many of its oldest buildings is either inaccurate or inadequate.
This project is ongoing; as more early buildings are discovered or as buildings from one period are completed, the Planning Dept. is applying for state funds to survey additional buildings or expand the survey to the next period. CPA funds were originally appropriated only for the first phase, covering buildings constructed up to 1840.
|$37,500||CPA funds appropriated (historic resources)|
|$63,500||Massachusetts Historical Commission Survey & Planning Grants|
|$14,000||est. value of contributed services by Newton Planning Dept.|
|$115,000||TOTAL COST TO DATE|
17 November 2010 - public hearing presentation
25 January 2011 - CPC funding recommendation
21 March 2011 - Board order (appropriation)
April 2011 - $16,700 Massachusetts Historical Commission grant awarded for pre-1830 survey
December 2011 - Work on the pre-1830 survey revealed that the City had an estimated 400 remaining buildings from 1830-1850, rather than the 140 originally estimated for 1830-1840.
March 2012 - $15,000 Massachusetts Historical Commission grant awarded, on condition that the project cover the full period 1830-1850.
August 2012 - RFP for consulting services; contract awarded to Larson Fisher Associates to survey the first 150 buildings. Planning staff is seeking additional MHC funds to survey another 100 buildings.
14 April 2016 - project report to the CPC, including photos of some of Newton's earliest homes dated & documented through this project
Create guidelines to assist the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) and the Newton Historical Commission (NHC) in evaluating the eligibility of proposals for funding as required under the Community Preservation Act; and to assist proposal sponsors in meeting the Newton CPC's requirement to apply federal standards in establishing significance, identifying significant features, and choosing appropriate treatments for historic buildings. The guidelines will use Newton-specific examples to illustrate both appropriate and inappropriate changes to historic buildings, by style and period.
The Newton Historical Commission served as the project manager in finding additional required matching funds, in hiring and overseeing a qualified consultant, and in leading adoption of these guidelines by both the NHC and Newton's local historic district commissions, to promote consistency between CPC funding recommendations and the City's regulatory decisions.
|$12,000||Newton CPC administrative funds|
|$15,000||Massachusetts Historical Commission grant|
|$27,000||TOTAL PROJECT COST|
14 October 2009 - original proposal
18 November 2009 - project presentation (incl. photos)
17 June 2010 - administrative funding request
7 September 2010 - commitment of Newton CPC administrative funding
15 March 2011 - Massachusetts Historical Commission grant
Spring 2012 - final guidelines (under "Reports & Studies" on Historic Preservation webpages of the Newton Planning & Development Department)
To guide future preservation and funding decisions, use above-ground data and ground-penetrating radar to identify probable archaeological resources in Newton.
|additional support contributed by the Planning & Development Dept. (RFP for and oversight of consultant)|
5 December 2008 - proposal
January-February 2009 - letters of support
14 January 2009 - presentation at public hearing
9 March 2009 - CPC funding recommendation
April-May 2009 - additional letters, including descriptions from other communities of how they have used such surveys
15 June 2009 - Board order (appropriation)
15 October 2009 - Newton Archaeological Survey request for proposals
24 May 2010 - Newton Archaeological Survey contract
6 December 2011 - Archaeology Survey final summary slide show to CPC This large file may load slowly.
Note: The full, final technical report of this survey is in the permanent files of the Newton Planning & Development Department, which will use it in recommending measures to mitigate possible negative impacts on archaeological resources from proposed development or other activities.
Identify and evaluate historic public landscapes and streetscapes throughout the City, to inform management, preservation, and funding priorities for these resources.
|$5,250||CPA funds - historic resources|
|$2,625||CPA funds - open space|
|$2,625||CPA funds - recreation land|
|$10,000||TOTAL PROJECT COST|
|Additional staff time for RFP and consultant oversight provided by the Planning & Development Department.|
5 December 2007 - proposal
4 April 2008 - CPC funding recommendation
22 April 2008 - Board order (appropriation)
Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation & Recreation Heritage Landscapes Program
June 2008 - request for consultants' qualifications for Newton report
August 2008 - project summary (flyer) for Newton
30 April 2009 - Final Reports
Preserve the historic fabric of the Newton Upper Falls and Newtonville local historic districts by installing small outdoor signs to increase public awareness of these districts and their boundaries. Design will be consistent with signs that already designate the Chestnut Hill local historic district.
|$2,000||CPA funds - historic resources|
3 November 2003 - proposal
28 January 2004 - CPC funding recommendation
15 March 2004 - Board order (appropriation)