WESTFIELD, NJ — Seeking to clarify the town’s recently updated regulations for historic preservation, a local commission is inviting the public to a Monday night presentation.

The Westfield Historic Preservation Commission announced that it is inviting architects, contractors and realtors to attend the presentation on Westfield’s Historic Preservation ordinance. Updates to the local law were the subject of politicized controversy in the months leading up to the town council’s September approval of extensive revisions to the ordinance. The commission, however, sees itself as a partner to owners of older homes.

“The HPC can be a great ally in offering guidance towards renovating or marketing an older home,” said Commission Chairwoman Maria Boyes in the announcement. “Members willingly share their expertise by providing historic context and design advice. In addition, there are potential advantages to designating a property historic that many sellers are not aware of.”

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Boyes is slated to present an overview of the revised ordinance at the presentation entitled “Building Blocks for Working Together: Connecting the HPC, Contractors and Realtors for a Better Westfield,” the HPC’s announcement said.

The event will include a discussion with HPC member and architect Greg Blasi, officials said. The presentation will also include examples of recent projects that have benefited from early interaction with the HPC, officials said. A Q&A session will follow, the HPC said.

The event will be part of the commission’s regularly scheduled virtual meeting to be held via Zoom Monday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. It can be accessed at this link: https://bit.ly/WestfieldHPCMeeting.

People without Zoom may call into the meeting by dialing 646-518-9805 and entering the webinar ID: 822 5153 6343, pressing # and then entering the passcode: 857302.

The Westfield Historic Preservation Commission can be reached at hpc@westfieldnj.gov. For more information about the HPC, visit www.westfieldnj.gov/historicpreservation.

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