Roundtable discussion on historic preservation


A roundtable discussion will be held to discuss issues such as, How can we improve efforts to protect our historic buildings and other historic resources, especially given the fact that most of Martha’s Vineyard’s historic structures are located outside historic districts and have no legal protection? Can incentives for owners to preserve their historic buildings be improved?

According to a release, these and other related issues will be discussed on Thursday, May 12, at 4 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Commission Offices, 33 New York Avenue, Oak Bluffs. Members of historic district commissions, historical commissions, planning boards, other organizations, and the public are invited to attend. The Massachusetts Historical Commission director of local programs, Chris Skelly, will participate.

Other issues to be discussed include how to complete inventories of historic structures on the Island, and how to improve collaboration among town commissions, boards, the MVC, and other organizations to deal with issues such as improving operations of historic district commissions, better protecting individual historic buildings outside historic districts, and dealing with building and energy codes.