About BARTA…• 1973 – Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority Formed• 1978 – Special Services Division Established• 2010 – Becomes a County Authority, Renamed Berks Area REGIONAL Transportation Authority (BARTA)BARTA Mission:Provide safe, efficient, convenient anddependable transportation to the people ofBerks County, PA
Eighth Street Sixth Street Norfolk Southern BARTA Transportation CenterFranklin Street Franklin Street StationChestnut Street BARTA Park-n-TransitBARTA Transportation Complex
When is a Site Considered "At Risk"?The property is listed on, or determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; ORThe property is considered a contributing structure in a National Register Historic District; OR The property is designated historic by local government; AND The property is faced with imminent, recognized endangerment either from overt action, neglect, incompatible use, or loss of context.
Why Franklin Street Station?Purpose:• Accommodate future growth of local and regional bus transport by restoring the Franklin Street Station• Station Rehabilitation can accommodate future expansion of a regional commuter line from Norristown (Montgomery County) to the City of Reading• Rehabilitation will be consistent with the historic characteristics of both the building and the site.
Process Highlights:• Early Coordination with FTA: EA vs. CATEX• Early Coordination with PHMC: CATEX Required “No Adverse Effect”• “No Adverse Effect” Contingent on Details of Rehabilitation• PHMC Review and Approval of Final Plans• Coordination with City of Reading HARB during Final Design
BEST PRACTICES:Building Preservation andRehabilitation
Best Practices: • Materials Identify and Assess Retain Original Materials Wherever Possible o Issue of hazardous materials Treat Appropriately Err on the Side of Caution o Salvage it all, decide later Dilemmas
Lessons Learned:• Thorough, concise site conditions report required (from Planning, through Design and Construction)• Expect the unexpected – What’s behind that wall? Under the pavement?• Plan for surprises – Walls that aren’t plumb, square; clay block interior walls, gyp-crete roof planks, etc.• Coordination with utilities; agencies will take longer than expected – plan for it!• Remember – Other involved entities have their own rules, goals and expectations – be flexible.