South Common Neighborhood District
Eliot Church (1873-74), 273 Summer Street
(James Higgins, 1996)
The South Common Neighborhood District (SCND) is a design review district created on July 12, 2005 under procedures established pursuant to the Lowell Historic Board's state statute (Lowell Historic District Act, Chapter 566, Acts of 1983). It was one of eight neighborhood districts approved by the Lowell City Council that were initiated by citizen petition as provided for by statute and was in response to demolition of historic structures and new construction inconsistent with neighborhood character. The district follows the boundaries of the previously established National Register of Historic Places district for the South Common area and includes those areas not already within the Downtown Lowell Historic District.
Within the SCND, the proposed demolition, partial demolition (such as removal of architectural details and other features such as porches), and new construction requires the approval of the Board before work begins and any other City approvals are issued. Assisting the Board is a five member neighborhood committee comprised of three Board members, a district property owner, and district resident. The best way to determine if the work you're contemplating requires Historic Board review is to contact the Board's staff. The Board and its staff are always available to assist with any questions regarding design and process in the district.
Click below to find out more about permitting requirements, design standards, and other information related to the South Common Neighborhood District.