Tuesday, January 27, 2015 7-9 pm
Senior Center, 27 Maple Street, Arlington
Lives of a Landscape:
Colorful Changes Through the Centuries at
"Symmes Hospital Hill"
Enjoy a fast-paced, illustrated history of land
use at the former site of Symmes Hospital, home to day to the Arlington 360
residential development, the BrightView assisted
living complex, two public parks and protected woodland.
Presenter Richard A Duffy is a popular
regional historian, author and ALT member who presented the fascinating
history of Elizabeth Island at our annual meeting and celebration in
We’ll share some refreshments and some successes
of the past year, and look forward to the work ahead in 2015.
Preservation Act adopted by Arlington!
At the November election, Arlington's voters
opted to join 158 other communities in adopting the Community Preservation
the Community Preservation Act
In September 2000, Governor Paul Cellucci signed the Community Preservation Act (CPA)
into law. The Act is "a smart growth tool that helps communities preserve
open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop
outdoor recreational facilities. CPA also helps strengthen the state and
local economies by expanding housing opportunities and construction jobs
for the Commonwealth's workforce, and by supporting the tourism industry
through preservation of the Commonwealth's historic and natural
resources." This summary comes from the Community Preservation
Coalition's website at www.communitypreservation.org.
To date 159 of the 351 Massachusetts towns and
cities have adopted the Act, which is a local option tax on property taxes.
This year the state match is about 31% percent. This means that for every
$1 raised locally, the state will contribute more than 31 cents toward the
community's designated projects.
Over the past 13 years, close to $1.2 billion
has been raised for community preservation projects, and over 6,600
initiatives have been approved. Among the results: over 7,300 affordable
housing units have been created or aided; more than 19,000 acres of open
space have been preserved; and over 3,200 historic preservation projects
have been started.
How can the CPA help Arlington? It could provide
an incentive to negotiate a sale of the Mugar
land as a park or as open space to provide flood storage. It could be used
to renovate the historic Jefferson Cutter House, which is the home of the
Cyrus E. Dallin Museum. It could provide funds
for improvements at the Old Schwamb Mill. It
could assist the Housing Corporation of Arlington in their work to provide
more affordable housing for Arlington residents.
questions please contact ALT Vice
President Clarissa Rowe at 781-643-3156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org