Neighborhood Conservation District Commissions Seek New Members


Cambridge City Manager Robert W. Healy is seeking individuals to fill vacancies in the membership of the Half Crown-Marsh, Mid Cambridge and Avon Hill Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) commissions.  Each of the three commissions meets monthly to review applications for demolition, new construction and alterations to buildings in the districts.

The Half Crown-Marsh NCD is an area of 200 properties located west of Harvard Square, while the Avon Hill NCD is an area of 250 properties west of Porter Square.  Mid Cambridge, the largest of the districts, is bordered by Prospect Street, Massachusetts Avenue, Prescott and Kirkland streets and the Cambridge/Somerville boundary. Each district exhibits unique architectural characteristics and development patterns.  Among the purposes of a neighborhood conservation district are to conserve and maintain the distinctive features of the sites and structures that compose the neighborhood and reflect the history of that part of the city.

Appointments are made by the City Manager with regard to the diverse viewpoints expressed in the creation of the districts. Minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Statutory requirements provide that some appointments be filled by homeowners or residents of the districts who have professional qualifications related to real estate, architecture, historic preservation, landscape architecture, urban planning, law or geotechnical engineering. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge and concern for the improvement, conservation and enhancement of the district.

Individuals interested in being considered should submit a letter of interest and a resumé by Friday, June 14, 2013 for the Half Crown-Marsh and Avon Hill districts and by June 28, 2013 for the Mid Cambridge district. Submissions can be sent to the attention of Robert W. Healy, City Manager, City of Cambridge, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139, by fax to 617-349-4307, or by e-mail to

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