Curated by Abbie Lahmers
Demolition of Duck & Bunny attracts dismay, conversations about preservation
As many Fox Level neighbors know, the 200-year-old Federal-style home positioned at 312 Wickenden Road, most just lately the house of the Duck & Bunny, was demolished in early April. A number of residents have expressed misery on the information, not solely with regard to the demolition itself, but additionally the dearth of discover to neighbors. Actually, whereas the proprietor of the snuggery didn’t notify neighbors of the precise timing of the demo, he did share his intentions final yr. FPNA realized throughout discussions in January 2020 that the upkeep and restoration of this constructing – a construction that FPNA President Nick Cicchitelli later described as containing “200 years of Band-Aids” – proved extra logistically and financially difficult than the proprietor ever anticipated. “The scenario is unlucky,” Cicchitelli continued. “I’m each unhappy and sympathetic that the constructing got here down.”
Homeowners of properties just like the snuggery, which was positioned exterior the native historic district, do not need a authorized obligation to inform neighbors (or the neighborhood) of plans for demolition, nor to protect such buildings. Whereas the demolition of the Duck & Bunny could also be particularly disheartening, it is just considered one of a spate of current examples in Fox Level. As metropolis officers have advised to neighbors at FPNA conferences, if residents wish to shield beloved previous buildings, they could wish to think about working with native legislators to enact significant modifications to public insurance policies. A brand new historic “overlay” district, the officers recommend, may embody a distinct swath of Fox Level than the present historic district. Such a district may perform as a “historic district lite” that protects historic buildings from demolition and different main modifications however doesn’t require the identical stringent expectations of householders as the present historic district. Altering zoning legal guidelines would require not solely the event of latest laws but additionally the sign-on of neighbors in what would quantity to an unlimited volunteer effort. But when residents are to guard the historic character they cherish, such a daring step could also be needed.
DownCity Design requests proposals for tasks enhancing public areas
Nonprofit studio DownCity Design is currently accepting proposals for tasks that can be accomplished by college students throughout their Summer season 2021 and Spring 2022 programming. With a mission of empowering youth and adults to create optimistic change in public areas utilizing design expertise acquired by free design training programming, DownCity Design is looking on the neighborhood for tasks that may interact learners and enhance their neighborhoods. Working with native partnerships, the group’s aim is to design applications, merchandise, and constructed interventions that make these areas extra welcoming, practical, and enticing. DownCity Design’s request for proposals is particularly in search of tasks that contain design challenges their youth builders may work to unravel and that may assist a faculty, group, or neighborhood group perform even higher. Candidates are inspired to assessment challenge pointers on-line to see their standards, and proposals can be reviewed by their panel of educators, employees, and college students to pick out the challenge for his or her 2021-2022 cycle. Proposals can be acquired by June 13.
PPS makes efforts towards designating new native historic district
The Windfall Preservation Society is working onerous to conclude a close to decade-long effort to designate an space roughly bounded by Angell Road, Governor Road, Hope Road, and Younger Orchard Avenue as a part of Windfall’s latest native historic district. The world encompasses 90 parcels, together with a few of the space’s most historic residential buildings and streetscapes, spanning three Nationwide Register Historic Districts. Native historic districts get pleasure from design assessment for exterior modifications (excluding paint coloration and upkeep), demolitions, and new development. The following steps within the course of are a second public listening to on the Metropolis Council Committee on Ordinances, which can be scheduled in June, and two votes by Metropolis Council. The ordinance has the robust assist of Ward 1 Councilman John Goncalves, in addition to a number of different Metropolis councilors. PPS is working to win Brown College’s assist to incorporate three of their architecturally important properties within the district (1 Younger Orchard/105 Benevolent, 154 Hope, and 137 Waterman). For these eager about voicing their assist when the assembly is held, e-mail PPS at email@example.com utilizing the topic line: “Signal me as much as assist the LHD!”.