The city has issued a request for proposals for an economic study of the benefits of historic preservation and another study on the feasibility of the city’s potential implementation of historic conservation overlay districts.
A grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission will provide partial funding.
Here is a link for more detailed information.
“The study will define opportunities, technical requirements and operational needs for the successful execution of historic conservation overlay districts in the city,” according to the city’s planning department. “The purpose of the study is to provide a clear and concise report that will serve as a tool for community groups who want to preserve the historical nature of their neighborhoods that lack sufficient significance and integrity for full status as a historic district as outlined in the City Code.”
Sealed proposals — 10 hard copies and one digital copy — must be received no later than Feb. 15 at noon. Postmarks are not sufficient. Proposals by fax or email are not acceptable.
The city expects to award a final contract before summer and for the report to be completed in a year.