The Worcester Historical Commission, under MGL Chapter 40C, has voted to study the possible creation of a Local Historic District (LHD) in the Elm Park Neighborhood. This area includes the Worcester campus of Becker College and neighboring residential and commercial areas located next to and east of Elm Park. This neighborhood includes many varied examples of mid-nineteenth and early-twentieth century residential architecture.
The study is a formal process to gather information on the properties within the area under consideration, engage in dialog with neighborhood residents, property owners and the public at large and plan a recommendation on the formation of a new district. Creation of a new Local Historic District would be determined by a vote of the City Council following completion of the study.
The study will be conducted during spring and summer 2021 by the Worcester Historical Commission, assisted by staff from the Planning & Regulatory Services Division. The study will include following steps.
The Committee will assess the architectural and historical significance of the general environs and the buildings within the proposed district.
To gauge community interest and support for the proposal, as well as inform potential components and governing rules, a neighborhood-wide opinion survey will be conducted.
The study findings have been documented in a Preliminary Study Report that has been submitted to the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) and are available here for public viewing. - View Report
A public hearing will be held on the proposal on September 29, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 210 of 61 Sever Street, Worcester, MA, or via WebEx using the following link: Virtual Meeting, or calling 415-655-0001 (access code 160 808 1191).
Attendees are asked to please walk, bike, bus or carpool to the meeting if possible! Limited parking is available at 28 Roxbury Street. Accessible parking spaces are located at 61 Sever Street, south of the building, in a small lot accessed from Roxbury Street and an accessible ramp is located at the primary (south) entrance.
For more information, contact the Planning Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-799-1400 x 31410. We encourage you to send written questions or comments, requests for reasonable accommodation or requests for language interpretation 48 hours or more in advance of the meeting.
Following the public hearing, at the October 6, 2022 Worcester Historical Commission meeting, the Committee will discuss comments submitted by the public at the public hearing, recommend changes to the report if necessary and make a recommendation for consideration by the City Council, who will determine whether to establish a new Local Historic District in the neighborhood, its boundaries and its governing rules.
Local Historic Districts are established to protect historic buildings and structures from demolition or inappropriate alterations. In a Local Historic District, most changes to exterior architectural features, including additions, changes in materials, other alterations or demolitions, are reviewed by the City's Historic Commission.
Worcester currently has three Local Historic Districts: Massachusetts Avenue, Montvale and Crown Hill.
Additional information and opportunities to participate will be posted to this webpage as the study progresses.
Michelle Johnstone, Preservation Planner