If you live in a neighborhood you love, and you worry about monster houses taking over, you should know what’s happening over on Park Street.
Dee Amick has filed for Landmark District Designation on behalf of her entire block. And while the application goes through its process, nobody builds anything.
That’s darn inconvenient for the new owner of 223 Park Street, who wants to scrape the tiny 1925 vernacular that’s there now and erect something a little more roomy.
Amick worries that means a 40-foot-tall 2 1/2 story new-old house, in a neighborhood where most houses stand 20 feet.
In her application, she says “small practical houses” characterize the neighborhood and its working class roots. So, historic district designation could mandate that new construction also follow compatible guidelines.
To date, no Old Town neighborhoods seem to have been assigned Landmark District Designation, and I’m not sure if any others have even applied. (I only did a quick search on that fact.)
There is still a lot left to do, starting with a plea she plans to make to City Council tonight. Should be live on Channel 14 between 5:30 and 6:30pm. Watch on TV, or show up in person and let council know you care about this sort of thing.