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Town of Westborough, Massachusetts
Town of Westborough, Massachusetts
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Historical Commission
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Sue Speckman
Secretary
Address:
55 West Main St
1st Floor (Next to the Children's Room)
Westborough, Ma 01581
Phone:
(508)366-3048
Fax:
(508)871-5198
 
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Historical Commission Board Members:
NAME
TERM
POSITION
Jason Nappa
2013
CoChairman
Christine Kurtz
2012
CoChairman
Stephen Hulbert
2014
 
Nancy Strecker
2014
 
Nancy Galicki
2012
 
Hazel Nourse
2012
 


The Commission, a seven member Board, appointed by the Selectmen, is a legal  body under M.G.L. Chapter 40 paragraph 8D, mandated to protect and preserve historic buildings, structures, properties, cemeteries and archaeology  sites in the Town. Managing and maintaining  historic properties is also its responsibility.

The Commission meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in its office, 2nd floor, Forbes Municipal Building. All meetings (except Executive Sessions) are open to the Public. Meetings are posted on the Bulletin Board outside the Town Clerk's Office in Town Hall and on the Local Cable Channel.

With cooperation from the Building Commissioner, the Commission enforces a Sign Bylaw on all Historic Properties, Historic Districts  and Commercial Properties within 2,500 feet from the rotary.

The Demolition Bylaw comes under its jurisdiction  if any structure was built before 1950. Restrictions apply in both of the aforementioned Bylaws.

All Site Plans are reviewed by the Commission for any historical or archaeological significance, If so deemed in the case of  buildings and structures, each is examined and researched for  historical and/or architectural importance. Sites identified as archaeologically sensitive a walk-over survey is required to assess the land before any development can occur.

The Commission works with the Planning Board when proposals for new developments are submitted as to the name of the Development and name(s) of its Streets. Names are chosen in cooperation with the developer from and extensive list compiled by the Commission.

In the Commission Office there are Research files and a small Library which includes  information of the history, townspeople, genealogy, places and events dating from 1643. Maps, Survey Forms, Deeds and photographs  both  historic as well as contemporary are available for study.

Westborough has several National Register Districts, the West Main Street Historic District and its extensions, the Vintonville Historic District, Parkman Parsonage district and the Cedar Swamp Archaeology Historic District.  Several individual properties are also listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places. A full list of Historic District Properties can be seen by clicking on the link above.


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