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Preservation Commission Looking for New Members

Posted on January 29, 2019

The Town of Danvers Preservation Commission is looking for residents of Danvers with an interest or professional experience in the history of the community and historic preservation.  The Preservation Commission administers the ‘Demolition of Historically Significant Buildings and Structures By-law’ for the Town.  This by-law was adopted for the purpose of protecting and preserving significant buildings and structures, which constitute or reflect distinctive features of the history, architecture, and/or the character of the Town of Danvers.  Through this by-law the Town desires to encourage owners, and others, to preserve, rehabilitate, or restore such significant buildings and structures rather than demolishing, removing or relocating them.  The Commission reviews all demolition applications for structures that were built prior to 1915,  Through their review process Commission members consider the history of the structure in order to determine if the structure is historically significant and worthy of preservation.  In addition the Commission is working to create a grant program that will help to ensure that our most valuable and significant historical structures are saved for future generations.

The Preservation Commission is a group of five volunteers who are appointed by the Town Manager for staggered three (3) year terms.  The Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5:00 pm at Town Hall and meetings are open to the public.  The anticipated time commitment for this volunteer opportunity is approximately three (3) hours a month including reading materials in preparation for meetings, occasional site visits with Town staff at the discretion of the Commission, and regularly scheduled meeting attendance.

Professional staff support and training are provided for all existing and new Commission members.  If you are interested in serving on the Town’s Preservation Commission or would like to request additional information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Susan Fletcher at sfletcher@danversma.gov.

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