Borough of Media, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Media 4-1-1975 by Ord. No. 638-B.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 119.
Construction codes — See Ch. 137.
Zoning — See Ch. 311.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance was ratified 4-17-2008 by Ord. No. 1044.
In order to preserve the distinctive character of the Borough of Media and to recall its rich architectural heritage as well as to promote the general welfare, education and culture of the community, the Council of the Borough of Media intends, by this chapter, to establish certain locations within the Borough, each to be an historic district within the meaning of the law, in order to preserve the distinctive character of the land and the buildings thereon.
A. 
The limits of the historical districts shall be as indicated below. It shall be the responsibility of the Board of Historical Architectural Review to prepare the metes and bounds description of each of the listed districts and to certify the descriptions, filing the same with the Secretary of the Borough of Media, which shall be attached and made part of this chapter. The historic districts shall be three in number or shall, by amendment to this chapter, be designated and are designated as follows:
(1) 
The Court House Square District: generally extending from Olive Street to Orange Street and from Second Street to Jasper Street.
(2) 
The Lemon Street District: generally from midway between Orange Street and Lemon Street to approximately 65 feet west of Lemon Street, and from Front Street to Baker Street, enlarging to a distance of approximately 206 feet west of Lemon Street between State Street and Baker Street.
(3) 
The Providence Friends' Meeting House District: generally extending from Front Street to Second Street and from Providence Road to Haldeman Street and east of Providence Road from Front Street to a point on the easterly side of Providence Road approximately 231 feet north of Front Street and extending to the east approximately 272 feet.
B. 
A map is attached hereto, made part hereof and marked Exhibit A,[1] upon which the metes and bounds of these historic districts are indicated.
[1]
Editor's Note: Exhibit A is on file in the Borough offices.
[Amended 5-15-2008 by Ord. No. 1046]
No person shall erect any building or reconstruct, alter, restore, demolish or raze any exterior architectural features of a building which can be seen from a public street, in whole or in part, within the historic districts of the Borough of Media until a certificate of appropriateness has been received by the applicant from the Council of the Borough of Media.
[Amended 5-15-2008 by Ord. No. 1046]
A. 
No person shall commence any work regulated by this chapter without first filing an application for a certificate of appropriateness with the Borough Building Inspector and obtaining a certificate of appropriateness from the Borough Council.
B. 
Any person applying for a certificate of appropriateness within an historic district shall present plans therefor to the Board of Historical Architectural Review, which Board shall conduct a meeting with the applicant therefor within 30 days of the application for a certificate of appropriateness. Notice of the time and place of such meeting shall be given by the Secretary of the Borough of Media to the applicant.
C. 
The Board of Architectural Review shall, after meeting and considering the plans, advise the Council of the Borough of Media according to § 183-5 herein.
D. 
Prior to the issuance of a certificate of appropriateness, the Council of the Borough of Media, after reviewing the advice of the Board of Architectural Review, shall thereupon determine whether or not erection of the new buildings or structures on the site or the reconstruction, alteration, restoration, demolition or razing of a building, in whole or in part, shall have an adverse effect upon the general historic and architectural nature of the district. The Council shall pass upon the appropriateness of the exterior architectural features which can be seen from a public way only. It shall consider the general design, arrangements, texture, material and color of the building or structure and the relation of such factors to similar features of buildings and structures in the district. The Council shall not consider any matters not pertinent to the preservation of the historic aspect and nature of the district. No certificate of appropriateness shall be denied where an unnecessary hardship shall result to the property owner.
E. 
Upon giving the approval, the Council of the Borough of Media shall issue a certificate of appropriateness authorizing the erection, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, demolition or razing of the building in whole or in part.
F. 
Should the Council disapprove the application, such disapproval shall be in writing, giving the reasons therefor, and a copy thereof shall be given to the applicant and to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
A. 
The Council of the Borough of Media, at the effective date of this chapter, shall appoint or confirm the members of the Board of Historical Architectural Review, composed of seven members, for terms not to exceed four years.
B. 
The qualifications of those persons appointed are that one member shall be a qualified architect, one member shall be a professional artist or a person with recognized artistic talent, one member shall be a person experienced in the business of real estate transactions and one member shall be a person experienced in the building trade or building inspection. At least four members of the Commission shall be residents of the Borough of Media.
C. 
Any member may be removed from office for cause by a majority vote of the Council of the Borough of Media.
D. 
The Board may establish rules and regulations consistent with this chapter and the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the enforcement of this chapter.
E. 
The Board shall render its advice and counsel and indicate its opinion, in writing, submitting the same to the Council of the Borough of Media within 30 days after receiving plans for review.
(1) 
The report of the Board shall contain the following information:
(a) 
The location of the area in which the work is to be done.
(b) 
The exterior changes to be made or the exterior characteristics of the structure to be erected.
(c) 
A list of the surrounding structures with their general exterior characteristics.
(d) 
The effect of the proposed change upon the general historic and architectural nature of the district.
(e) 
The appropriateness of the exterior architectural nature of the district.
(f) 
The general design, arrangement, texture, material and color of the building or structure and the relationship of such factors to similar features of buildings or structures in the district and surrounding the district.
(g) 
The opinion of the Board (including any dissent as to the appropriateness of the work proposed as it will preserve or destroy these historic aspects and the nature of the district).
(h) 
The opinion of the Board as to whether the application to raze any structure or erect a new structure will create any unnecessary hardship to the owner.
(i) 
Specific advice of the Board as to the issuance or refusal by the Council of the Borough of Media to issue a certificate of appropriateness.
(2) 
Should the Board recommend nonissuance of a certificate of appropriateness, the applicant may resubmit the plans for reconsideration by the Board, after which the Board shall have 30 additional days to submit its recommendation to the Council of the Borough of Media. During such time of reconsideration prior to the issuance of a recommendation by the Board to the Council of the Borough of Media, the applicant shall not perform any exterior work that is visible from a public way.
[Amended 5-15-2008 by Ord. No. 1046]
Immediately upon the adoption of this chapter, the Secretary of the Borough of Media shall forward a copy thereof to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. This chapter shall not take effect until the Commission has certified, by resolution, to the historical significance of the buildings and sites which are defined as the Media historical districts.
[Amended 5-15-2008 by Ord. No. 1046]
Upon receipt of the written disapproval of the Council of the Borough of Media of the request for a certificate of appropriateness, the applicant may appeal from the disapproval to the Court of Common Pleas within the time specified by law.
This chapter shall be enforced in the same manner and to the same degree as the enforcement provisions provide in Chapter 137, Construction Codes, Uniform, of the Code of the Borough of Media, as is presently enacted or as may, from time to time, be amended.