Under the proposal’s current iteration, Newburyport’s existing Historical Commission and the Fruit Street Local Historic District Commission would be subsumed by a new historical commission; that body would assume the responsibilities of the existing Historical Commission and oversee both the Fruit and High street districts.
When the council reconvenes next month, leaders will also consider whether Newburyport should adopt protections for historic structures in the downtown area and a stronger demolition delay bylaw.
Sarah White, chairwoman of the Local Historic District Study Committee, said she is hopeful that the City Council’s ongoing discussions will ultimately “resolve the longstanding question of how Newburyport will approach preservation . . . and protect the economic and cultural engine of the city.”
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