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The Salem Historical Commission is in the process of updating its Design Guidelines. These Guidelines are 35 years old with minimal to no guidance on many current issues, including new construction such as dormers and additions, the appropriate use of modern materials, and exterior changes required for contemporary heating and cooling systems. In addition, the current Guidelines lack user-friendly graphics and provide no references to the sustainability benefits of historic buildings. The City has hired Easton Architects to work with the Commission to produce updated Guidelines that will serve as the primary resource for the Historical Commission and property owners undertaking reconstruction, rehabilitation or restoration in the historic districts. The Guidelines will also provide guidance for other municipal development review boards, staff engaged in management of municipally-owned historic properties and private owners of historic properties. Easton Architects will be at the next Historical Commission meeting on Wednesday, May 5, at 6 p.m., to discuss the guidelines and seek input for revisions. The meeting agenda is attached to this email and links to join the meeting and to access the existing Guidelines can be found below. Link to join meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86244255874… Link to access existing Design Guidelines and other material: ​Folder icon https://cityofsalem1.sharepoint.com/…/EouYw8Q5QPpApNNfH…

FSNA President Justin Whittier