Ownership Change Does Not Trigger Historic District Exemption

Lawlor, James
December 2006
Planning;Dec2006, Vol. 72 Issue 11, p53
Trade Publication
The article reports that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that an ordinance creating a historic preservation district that excluded certain properties on the basis of their ownership was valid in the case Springfield Preservation Trust Inc. v. Springfield Library and Museums Association Inc. The Springfield Preservation Trust sued for an injunction in preventing the demolition and a declaration that the ordinance's exemption based on ownership was invalid. The state supreme court reversed a previous trial court ruling denying the request for a preliminary injunction, declaring that the state's historic districts law gives municipalities complete discretion in establishing historic districts.


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