MVC will convene historic-preservation discussion


Mark London, Martha’s Vineyard Commission executive director, said only a small fraction of the Island’s historic buildings and neighborhoods are protected, “namely those in historic districts, which cover only limited parts of town centers.”

A roundtable discussion on measures that might offer better protection will be held Thursday, May 7, at 4 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Commission Offices on New York Avenue in Oak Bluffs. Members of historic district commissions, planning boards, other organizations, and members of the public are invited to attend. The Massachusetts Historical Commission director of local programs, Chris Skelly, will participate, according to a press release.

“We will discuss what historic district commissions, planning boards, the MVC, and other organizations can learn from each other, and whether they might collaborate more,” Mr. London said. “What are the most pressing issues with respect to historic preservation on the Island? Can historic buildings outside historic districts be better protected? What about preserving community character, even when involving buildings that might not qualify as ‘historic’?”