Well, in Winchester it’s clear what it is.
Some years back the voters of Winchester decided to have a Historic district. This was done to try and preserve some of the town’s historical character and value.
Here’s the problem with what just happened recently in Winchester.
We’ll take one town employee who bought a piece of property at a bargain before the crash of the real estate market. Yes, this is the yellow house on Main Street. The Historic District Commission did its job correctly by saying “no” to tearing down the historic building.
By the way - after the Historic District Commission voted on this matter, a member of this board and a town official yelled at another board member (boss to both the owner of the property & the board member) for voting no on removing the house in question.
Now for the really fun part: The town zoning board of adjustments (that by the way has a very big tie to the employee who owns the property) votes to override the Historic District Commission’s decision and decides to let the owner tear down the historic house. They now say that the Historic District Commission must approve the prints before the house can be taken down. Well some of us know what that means. If they bring 2 or 3 prints to the Historic District Commission, (whatever they are), they will bring it back to the zoning board and say the Historic District won’t approve anything. And yes, at that time, the zoning board will over ride them again.
Let’s make this matter even better - other businesses have tried to do things in the Historic District and were turned down.
That’s what makes this an Old Boy network.
2168 Clark Road.