Historic Preservation, Section 106 Consulting
As qualified Secretary of Interior Historic Architects and Architectural Historians, we are preparing the Section 106 review documents for multiple transportation and rail improvement projects.
The Section 106 process required by the National Preservation Act of 1966 ensures that historical properties and resources are protected from the potential negative effects of construction projects funded by a federal agency. Once this type of project is initiated, historic preservation experts (like us) are brought in to define the area of potential effect (APE), assess properties located within the APE for eligibility of listing on the National Register, and determine effects that may alter their integrity. Our findings are used to demonstrate potential effects (or not) to historic resources. Our work is submitted to the Federal Transportation and Railroad Agencies who then present the findings to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for approval or develop a Memoranda of Agreement to mitigate adverse effects.
We are currently engaged with Metra for 5 projects, 1 with IDOT, and 1 with Chicago Union Station.