Edward Bazinet, Chairman
Michael Branniff, Secretary
Phone 508 949 8004
Fax 508 949 7115
April 12, 2011
Ms. Brona Simon SHPO & Executive Officer
Dudley Historical Commission Supports Stevens Mills LLC’s Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Application.
Dear Ms. Simon:
The Stevens Mills LLC tax credit application is an integral part to the effort to utilize Stevens Linen Mill in a new and meaningful role in our community. The mill conversion would be valuable in creating and sustaining a renewed sense of community, conducive to a revitalized preservation agenda in our town. This would realize a constituency that values its heritage or birthright at something closely approximating its true worth. That appreciation elevates an aggregation of people to the status of a community in the fullest sense of the word. This in itself is no small outcome.
On the Dudley Historical Commission website several quotations are prominent. They get to the long and short of the obligations and duties of the latest generation.
October 7, 1865 Webster Times:
Henry Hale Stevens, 1818-1901. Founder of Stevens Linen
“It is a narrow minded and shortsighted policy which provides only for the necessities and demands of the present moment,…….and that man is derelict in duty who councils or suffers a disregard for the wants of those who come after him.”
Congressman Charles Washburn at
“What has cost so much to achieve should call forth equal effort to preserve.”
The historic inventory of our community has suffered and is suffering an unceasing litany of loss. It is apparent this community cannot sustain such losses and expect to fulfill this generation’s responsibility of stewardship with regard to our historic structures. The Dudley Historical Commission has concluded that the successful conversion of the Stevens Linen Works complex into rehabilitated, viable, revenue and tax producing rental units ( 164 ), would be the most significant and far reaching individual preservation achievement attainable in this community in the foreseeable future.
To be able to point to this endeavor, which measured by any commercial, municipal, or preservation criteria, would break new ground in this place and would reveal a powerful example of the utilization of our untapped historic resources to lay before the people. Such an outcome would allow for an aggressive offence instead of always fighting our preservation issues at the perpetual disadvantage of the defense. This mill conversion would be a showcase for the dazzling possibilities the Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program seeks to foster. Its value is undeniable on any level.
support this tax credit application as a crucial part of this mill conversion
project and its almost limitless potential for good outcomes on multiple
levels. We regard it as an effective
means with which to begin to slow or stop the accelerating extinction of our
historic birthright with which this place is beset. Our birthright is the only one we have. It is given into the care to each generation
to protect and preserve in trust for the unborn future. It is hoped these efforts will help awaken
the slumbering citizens of
The Dudley Historical Commission, at its April 12, 2011 monthly meeting, by unanimous vote, reaffirmed its continued support for Stevens Mills LLC’s Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Application.
Thank you for your attention
cc: Preservation Massachusetts
Attn; Erin D. A. Kelly
National Trust for Historic Preservation Northeast Office
7 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4th Floor
Attn: Rebecca Williams