Since the 1970s, the HC has been identifying and researching Framingham’s many historic assets which include not only buildings, but also objects and landscapes, such as statues, parks and fields. Together they comprise the Cultural Resource Inventory, which is a comprehensive listing of all the historic resources in Framingham. For more information on the Cultural Resources Inventory, and to learn whether your building is included, contact the Community and Economic Development office or the Historical Commission Chair.
At the 1991 Town Meeting, the Demolition Delay Bylaw (Article V, Section 21) was created. This Bylaw requires the HC to assess all buildings 75 years or older prior to issuance of a demolition permit.
If a building is included in the Cultural Resources Inventory, the HC can delay its demolition for one year.
If a building is not in the Cultural Resources Inventory, but the HC believes it is significant, the demolition can be delayed for 6 months.
A demolition delay is not intended to punish the owner, but rather it provides an opportunity for the HC to work with the owner to determine if the building can be saved.
A recent success story involves the 1812 House on Salem End Road, which Framingham State University opted to sensitively rehabilitate.