Historic Architectural Review Board
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Attention: property owners of income-producing historic structures
The National Park Service (NPS) administers the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and in partnership with State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs). The tax incentives promote the rehabilitation of income-producing historic structures of every period, size, style, and type. Through this program, underutilized or vacant schools, warehouses, factories, retail stores, apartments, hotels, houses, offices, and other buildings across the country have been returned to useful life in a manner that maintains their historic character. The program supports economic development, community revitalization, affordable housing, job creation, sustainability, and resilience. It helps preserve the nation’s heritage and the historic places that give our cities, town, and rural areas their special character.
The HARB’s regularly scheduled meetings are at 8:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month unless circumstances warrant a cancelation. The Board currently meets virtually via Zoom. Please email [email protected] for the link.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available the Friday prior to the meetings. If not posted online, please email [email protected] for the upcoming agenda. Minutes are available following approval.
History of HARB
The Bellefonte Historic District ordinance was adopted in 1970 to protect the historical character of the borough. The Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) was established to review the alteration of buildings In the Historic District.
HARB is an advisory board and makes recommendations, based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, to borough council for approval on any exterior changes. By encouraging appropriate alterations and new construction that fits in with existing buildings, design review in a local historic district helps protect and enhance property values.
In addition to being a locally designated and regulated historic district, Bellefonte’s historic district is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This designation assists in preserving historic properties by recognizing their significance and providing honor to the community.
The purpose of HARB is to make recommendations to Bellefonte Borough Council concerning the erection, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, demolition or razing of all or any part of a building or structure located within the boundaries of the Historic District and visible from a public right-of-way. The HARB is composed of seven members and at least one alternate member, with each member serving a four-year term. Of the seven members, one shall be a registered architect, one a licensed real estate broker, one the Borough building official, one a business person whose principal place of business is located within the HARB-regulated historic district, and three additional persons with a knowledge of and interest in historic preservation. Residency is preferred but not required.
Have a HARB question? Email Gina Thompson, HARB Administrator, at [email protected] or call (814) 355-1501 ext. 216.