Though there is widespread community support to continue the fight to save Martins Lane, the Nantucket Board of Selectmen voted before last night’s meeting not to appeal the recent Superior Court ruling, thereby making the installation of a driveway on the historic byway one step closer.
The decision by the majority of the Board of Selectmen to abandon the fight to protect Martins Lane is disappointing in several ways.
More than 790 people signed an NPT petition asking the BOS to appeal the Superior Court’s flawed and unfortunate ruling, but the board refused to allow any discussion or public comment on the matter. The board majority also prevented individual selectmen from stating how they voted, or explaining their position to the public.
Unique historic resources like Martins Lane are too important to give up on. Nantucket loses a piece of its soul every time we allow something that makes this island special to be destroyed for personal gain.
We believe the Historic District Commission’s role is to serve as the public guardian of the history and sense of place that separates Nantucket from the rest, and we believe their decision in this matter was the correct one.
We thank the HDC for its often thankless work, and we urge our selectmen to join us to help protect Nantucket’s irreplaceable history and to find a preservation-minded solution to this important matter.
Rest assured, the NPT will continue its efforts to protect Martins Lane, and we know we can count on you to help.
In May the Superior Court overturned the Nantucket Board of Selectmen’s affirmation of the Historic District Commission’s decision to protect historic Martins Lane, and without an appeal this charming one-block street in the heart of Nantucket’s historic core will be changed forever. Martins Lane is a destination and landmark in itself and we believe its historic elements and the street setting in general are features that help make the island special and are worth protecting for today and future generations.
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Citizens in Nantucket, MA will join thousands of individuals across the country to celebrate National Preservation Month this May. “Celebrating America’s Treasures” is the theme of the month-long celebration sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Since the National Trust for Historic Preservation created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities. Due to its overwhelming popularity, in 2005, the National Trust for Historic Preservation extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even longer opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states and enable more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement
Here in Nantucket, Preservation Month 2011 will be celebrated with a variety of events and lectures hosted by several different organizations. For more details on upcoming Preservation Events, please click here.
Below is a sampling of articles that have appeared in past issues of Ramblings—the NPT annual resource guide.