Committee on historic districts in works

The town is considering the creation of one or more historic districts in Randolph, but first needs to form a committee to study the idea. Historical Commission Chairman Henry Cooke said in an interview that his group will meet with the Town Council’s Economic Development Subcommittee March 11, and he hopes the full council will create a study committee soon. Cooke said the town’s recently adopted five-year historic preservation plan showed that history “is all around us.” Among the areas that could be included in a historic district are: North Main Street between West and Orchard streets; the Little Dublin section; and a section of South Main Street. According to Cooke, properties in designated historic districts tend to rise in value and maintain their resale value. The homeowners face restrictions on what they can do to the exteriors of their homes, but often qualify for preservation funds to make repairs, he said.