Sunday, June 23, 2024

From the City of Cambridge, June 25: The city manager seeks to fill vacancies for members and alternates on the city Historical Commission and neighborhood conservation district commissions for Avon Hill, Half Crown-Marsh and Mid-Cambridge. Nominations from interested Cambridge residents are welcome through Aug. 14.

The Historical Commission, a body of seven members and three alternates, establishes historic preservation policy for the city and administers two historic districts, the Harvard Square Conservation District, the citywide landmark and demolition ordinances and the preservation grant program for rehabilitation assistance. The neighborhood conservation district commissions are made up of five members and three alternates, with most members being residents of the neighborhoods. Each of the four commissions generally meets monthly to review alterations to protected buildings.

The Cambridge Historical Commission, established in 1963, is the city’s historic preservation agency. It is managed by a professional staff that supports four commissions made up of appointed volunteers.

The current vacancies are for one alternate on the Cambridge Historical Commission, one alternate on the Avon Hill and Half Crown-Marsh NCD Commissions and one member, who must be a tenant in the neighborhood, in the Mid-Cambridge NCD. Alternates are expected to attend all meetings and participate fully in discussion, and are designated to vote as needed.

Applicants should have an interest in architecture, local history or historic preservation and be committed to protecting the historic resources and built environment of the city. Appointments are made by the city manager with regard to a diversity of viewpoints. Minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Individuals interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and a resume by Aug. 14 to Charles Sullivan, executive director of the Cambridge Historical Commission, 831 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA 02139 or by email here.