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No, the Demolition Delay cannot prevent anyone from demolishing a property they own. It provides a waiting period for historic properties.
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The By-Law was adopted for the purpose of protecting the historic and aesthetic qualities of the Town by encouraging owners to preserve, rehabilitate or restore buildings or structures whenever possible. It is targeted at structures that express the cultural and economic heritage, and social history of Littleton.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission defines historic resources as those that are greater than 50 years old. Of course, all properties more than 50 years in age may not be worthy of preservation. The Delay allows time to make that assessment.
The Delay is only applied if you ask for a demolition permit from the Building Commissioner.
Yes, the town is in Phase 2 of a project to survey historic resources (buildings and properties) in Littleton. Phase 1 was funded with town funds and a matching grant from the state. Phase 2 was funded at town meeting. When the survey is completed approximately 180 historic properties will be included.
A copy of Phase 1 of the Inventory, which covers over 100 properties, is in the Littleton Reuben Hoar Library with other historic information about Littleton. The materials are in loose leaf binders in order to make it easier for interested parties to make copies.
The Littleton Historical Commission (LHC) sponsors several activities to promote the history of the area. Annually the LHC holds a Preservation Workshop at the Old Burying Ground on King Street. This workshop is open to any town residents and provides an opportunity to work with preservation specialists in righting fallen gravestones, repairing broken monuments, and recording and photographing the cemetery's contents. Contact the LHC for dates. The LHC also sponsors the annual Patriot's Day celebration, held at Liberty Square on April 19. Liberty Square was the place where Littleton area residents drilled in preparation for the Revolutionary War. This ceremony, held in the evening on the actual Patriot's Day anniversary, provides an opportunity to reflect on the service of the patriots.
The Littleton Historical Commission (LHC) is currently sponsoring a project to place signs on historic properties. A signmaker in Rhode Island who works with many local communities has been commissioned to make a "Littleton" sign style. If you are interested in a sign for your property, please contact the LHC through the webmaster of this site.
Each year the Littleton Historical Commission (LHC) presents several preservation awards to properties in town that reflect the agricultural, historic, and cultural qualities of the town. Awards have been given to individual homeowners, commercial properties, individuals, and in one instance, to the beavers that keep reminding us that we live in the country! Suggestions for awards can be made to any member of the commission.