Heritage State College Project

2017_08_22_HeritageStateCollege_JLWThe Borough of State College is embarking on a community-focused education and planning process to consider how two of its most heritage-rich neighborhoods, the Holmes Foster/Highlands and College Heights Historic Districts, could be preserved for future generations. While these neighborhoods are both listed as historic districts in the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service, no local regulatory protections exist to promote compatible design for the exteriors of new buildings and alterations to the exteriors of existing buildings in these districts in order to maintain the historic integrity of individual historic structures and the districts as a whole. The creation of a Historical and Architectural Review Board (HARB) would be the body created to oversee regulated activities within these historic districts.

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Borough of State College Historic Districts

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College Heights Contributing Properties

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Holmes-Foster/Highlands Contributing Properties

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  1. Staff Analysis of Public Comments
  2. Heritage State College Project
  3. What is a HARB?
  1. HARB Public Hearing
  2. State College Council/DHRB Joint Meeting
  3. Heritage State College Workshop # 1
  4. Heritage State College Workshop #2 Activity

Members of a HARB would Include:

  • One registered architect
  • One licensed real estate broker
  • One Building Code Inspector
  • The remaining four members are citizens who own property or live within the historic district

When would a HARB review be necessary?

The following activities to contributing properties:  
  • Additions
  • Demolition
  • New construction
  • Reconstruction

How would I apply for a HARB review?

To discuss your proposed changes, call and make an appointment to meet with a staff member of the Planning Department. You will be advised by staff whether a HARB review is required and what documents you will need to provide.

If a review is required, you must complete a Certification of Appropriateness Application. For the application, you will have to describe your proposal in detail and submit current photographs of the neighboring properties, your property, as well as dimensional plans or drawings of the proposed changes to your property.

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