Historic landmarking is the highest level of historic preservation and places significant restrictions on what a building owner can do to the property that extends far beyond cosmetic changes. But one day after taking office, City Councilor Julia Malakie filed a “urgent” request to landmark buildings in West Newton without even meeting with the building owners in advance.
Now, the Globe’s John Hilliard is reporting that the City Council “is due Monday to decide whether to temporarily suspend the ability of city councilors and the Historical Commission to nominate properties as landmarks while it updates the rule. (The mayor, director of planning and development, and commissioner of inspectional services would still be able to nominate landmarks.)”