Mayor Spicer Nominates 5 to Framingham Historic District Commission

FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer nominated three current members and two current alternate members to be on the Framingham Historic District Commission.

The purpose of the Commission is to “preserves the character of designated historic districts in Framingham through a review/advisory process.”

The Commission is comprised of seven members, and five alternate members. The members serve 3-year terms and approve or reject external “changes that are viewable from a public way structures located in designated historic districts in Framingham.”

The members are supposed to be architects, district residents, realtor and one member appointed by the Framingham History Center.

The five alternate members shall represent  the following areas of expertise or interest: Architect; Attorney; District Resident; History Center; Realtor; Architectural Historian; Landscape Architect; Urban Planner; Licensed General Contractor or Building Tradesperson; or a person with a demonstrated commitment to Historic Preservation. At any given time, no more than one alternate may be appointed from any of 10 listed categories.

The mayor nominated:

  • Current Chair Steve Greeley
  • Current alternate member Amy Finstein
  • Current member Henry Kubat
  • Current alternate member Kenneth Nowell
  • Current member Sue Bernstein

The mayor’s office did not indicate in its filing with the 11-member City Council, what each member’s designated status is (ie realtor, district resident, at-large member, architect, etc) nor did the office identify in which city District the nominee resides.

Helen Lemoine was the current member of the Commission by the Framingham History Center.

Source did some research and can identify Greeley, as a district resident, and Amy Finstein as an architectural historian who teaches at a college in the Commonwealth. Bernstein is a realtor.

There were a total of five applicants, according to the Mayor’s office.

SOURCE could not find an advertisement for the Commission on the City’s website, like the advertisements posted for for License Commission, Traffic Commission, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, etc.

Some current members said they received a letter notifying them of the June 1 deadline to re-apply. The City’s public information officer issued a press release on the morning of June 1, announcing it was the last day to apply for City boards, committees and commissions.

The City Council’s subcommittee on appointments, chaired by Cheryl Tully Stoll, will review the appointments and then make a recommendation to the full City Council to vote on the nominations to the Council.

The 11-member City Council still has to approve the appointment recommendations by the Mayor, before the individuals can be sworn in

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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