On the heels of the City Council’s vote on Monday to create an automatic demolition delay on old properties in the city (you can read Pete Goonan’s story about the new ordinance here, and my coverage in next week’s Advocate), the Springfield Preservation Trust is doing its own part to protect historic properties in the city.
The non-profit SPT, which has been working to preserve the city’s rich architecture and history for four decades, is seeking nominations for its 2014 Most Endangered Historic Properties list. “Selected properties represent a cross section of Springfield’s built environment and often serve as a catalyst for restoration and preservation,” the SPT says. “While the list is far from inclusive of every endangered property in the city, it draws attention to properties who need help soon or they will be lost forever.”
This year, the SPT is asking neighborhood councils to submit nominations. “We feel that by enlisting the support of the community in the identification process, they will be more invested in the final fate of these properties,” Timothy Cummings, co-chair of the Most Endangered Committee, said in announcing the process.
Individuals can also submit nominations by contacting the SPT at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 413-747-0656.
Nominations will be accepted until Jan 24. The final list will be released at the SPT’s annual meeting on March 2.