Dear NPT Members & Friends:
Your voice is needed at an important public hearing
Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 p.m., at Newburyport City Hall
On Wednesday evening The Newburyport City Council will continue to consider, jointly with the city's Planning Board, two new zoning ordinances to protect Newburyport's historic buildings. Your voice is critically important.
At the last hearing, 20 preservationists spoke in favor of the ordinances, and an equal number of citizens spoke in opposition. Since then, the City Council has worked to address opponent concerns and has also included the suggestions of preservationists. Read the revised proposals here at the city's web site.
These ordinances will prohibit the demolition of any building that contributes to Newburyport's National Register Historic District, unless there is substantial evidence a building cannot be saved. They will stop "de facto demolition" by owners who leave historic buildings vacant and exposed to destruction by the elements. They will protect the exterior architectural details of our commercial downtown buildings. For new construction downtown, for example the planned hotel, building design will be subject to review to ensure compatibility with the size, scale and character of neighboring, historic buildings.
These are simple, but urgently needed measures. Our City Councilors need you to confirm these laws should be enacted without delay. Here's what you can do to help make these ordinances a reality: (1) Please attend the Public Hearing this Wednesday evening. If you have additional suggestions to improve the ordinances, make your case. If you have not yet spoken in favor, now is the time. (2) Please email City Councilors with your message of support (email addresses below).
Thank you for supporting the preservation of Newburyport's legacy of authentic historic buildings and streetscapes. Your support will be a true gift to the city on its 250th anniversary!
Linda Miller and Tom Kolterjahn
Co-Presidents, Newburyport Preservation Trust
City Council Email Addresses:
Thomas F. O'Brien - President, Ward 6 Councilor - Email: email@example.com
Edward C. Cameron - At Large - Email: edcameronNBPT@gmail.com
Barry N. Connell - At Large - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ari B. Herzog - At Large - Email: email@example.com
Meghan C. Kinsey - At Large - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce L. Vogel - At Large - Email: email@example.com
Allison Heartquist - Ward 1 Councilor - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jared J. Eigerman - Ward 2 Councilor - Email: email@example.com
Robert J. Cronin - Ward 3 Councilor - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles F. Tontar - Ward 4 Councilor - Email: email@example.com
Larry G. Guinta, jr. - Ward 5 Councilor - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org