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December 3, 2012

New LHD plan lacks favor

Citizens on both sides find fault with compromise initiative

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The territory involved in O’Connor Ives’ plan would run from about Fruit Street to about Green Street, and from High Street to the river.

O’Connor Ives’ proposal would convey to the LHD Commission “duties as outlined under Section 8D of Chapter 40 of the Massachusetts General Laws.”

To this element of the new version, Hordon said, “We will oppose any legislation that falls under Chapter 40C, Local Historic Districts.”

Niketic said, “The O’Connor Ives proposal is not enough, but it is undeniably an improvement (over current regulations).

”We think the LHD proposed by the study committee is needed to address the problem (replacement of old buildings by newer ones). Councilor O’Connor Ives’ way is different, but it is something.”

Though some observers were surprised by the rapidity with which O’Connor Ives appeared to produce her version, she said it had been in the works for many months.

”I developed this proposal and position on the LHD about a year ago,” she said. “I presented this position to representatives of both the `yes’ campaign and the `no’ campaign many months ago.

”I was only waiting for the LHD Study Committee to complete its proposal and submit it to the council before submitting my proposal. And, needless to say, my version is not meant to be the final version, but I wanted it to be a starting point.”

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