Protecting Historic Properties and Preventing Crime in Philadelphia

PPD Critical Infrastructure Protection Program

Project

PPD Critical Infrastructure Protection Program

Location

Philadelphia, PA

Client

City of Philadelphia Police Department

AKRF is currently assisting the City of Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) with the preparation of documentation, required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), for the Philadelphia Critical Infrastructure Protection Program (PCIPP).

This protection program will expand the City’s existing video surveillance coverage through the integration of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PADOT), and PPD cameras, upgrading existing video systems, and installing new anti-crime cameras at previously undesignated intersections. Proposed new cameras would be installed within the boundaries of Washington Square, a National Historic Landmark park, around City Hall (a National Register-listed property), and within local and historic districts, and other cameras may be installed on or adjacent to buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In close coordination with the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and in compliance with Section 106, AKRF delineated areas of potential effect (APEs) for the project and collected and mapped information regarding existing historic resources through a review of local, state, and national databases of known historic resources and through a review of local, state, and national databases of known historic resources and through reconnaissance-level historic resource field surveys. AKRF completed three Section 106 reports for PPD, surveying intersections for camera placement and identifying the potential for the project to have adverse effects on historic properties. These reports were prepared for SHPO review and concurrence.

AKRF is also assisting the Police Department in identifying any necessary measures to avoid, minimize, or mitigate potential adverse effects on historic resources.

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