The Livingston-Harvard Neighborhood District (LHND) is a design review district created on June 14, 2011 by the Lowell City Council under procedures established pursuant to the Lowell Historic Board (LHB) state statute (Lowell Historic District Act, Chapter 566, Acts of 1983). The district was created in response to residents' concerns about proper protection of neighborhood historic character and insensitive development.
The district's boundaries were developed, in lieu of an existing National Register of Historic Places district, by reviewing neighborhood architectural character, cohesiveness, and integrity as well as historic development patterns from the 1880s and existing Massachusetts Historical Commission survey forms.
Before Getting Started
Within the LHND, the proposed demolition, partial demolition (such as removal of architectural details for siding installation and other features such as porches), and new construction requires the review and approval of the LHB before work begins and any other City approvals are issued. Assisting the LHB is a five member neighborhood committee comprised of three LHB members, a district property owner, and a district resident.
The best way to determine if the work you're contemplating in the LHND requires LHB review is to contact the staff. The LHB and its staff are always available to assist you with any questions regarding design and process in the district.
Click on the links below to find out more about permitting requirements, design standards, approval process, and other information related to the LHND.