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Historic area plan is scaled back

The Newburyport City Council has scuttled a sweeping plan to protect the architectural integrity of the seaport’s downtown commercial area and High Street, and instead embraced a proposal to preserve just five properties on the Ridge.

The vote to protect the handful of homes on the stretch of historic mansions that line High Street between State Street and Wills Lane was 9 to 1.

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