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Over the past 10 years, Hartgen has conducted over 500 site file screenings and 75 Phase I archeological investigations for projects related to the development of wireless communication facilities. Since passage of the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement, our work scopes for communications facilities mostly entail research to identify known Historic Properties for preparation of Section 5 (Applicant’s Determination of Effect) of FCC Forms 620 or 621. With both archeology and architectural history departments, Hartgen is uniquely equipped to complete the FCC forms and relevant attachments, and in some cases to guide the redesign of proposed communications facilities in order to minimize or mitigate potential impacts to historic properties located within the areas of potential effect (APE).

Completion of FCC Form 621, Proposed Communications Facility, 1134 New Scotland Road, City of Albany, Albany County, New York. The project consisted of the proposed installation of antennas on the cupola of the New York State Department of Correctional Services (NYSDOCS) training academy. While there was no proposed ground disturbance,  the building had been determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Hartgen’s senior architectural historian worked with the engineers to redesign the proposed antennas in order that a determination of No Adverse Effect could be made.

Completion of FCC Form 621, Proposed Communications Facility, 31 East Main Street, City of Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York. The project consisted of a rooftop installation with no proposed ground disturbance so there were no archeological concerns. However, the project building had been previously determined eligible for listing on the National Register and there were several buildings in the APE that were listed on and determined eligible for listing on the National Register. Based on review of photographs provided by the client an evaluation of these historic properties in the APE for visual effect was made, No Adverse Effect was determined for the project.

Completion of FCC Form 620, Proposed Communications Facility, Town Hall/Garage Complex, 4247 Turnpike Road, Town of Meredith, Delaware County, New York. The project consisted of the construction of a 165-foot lattice tower on town land. There were no properties located within the APE for visual effects that are listed on or that have been determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Although, the OPRHP website indicated that the project was located near the edge of an area considered archeologically sensitive, the project area had undergone substantial prior disturbance from the property’s use as the town highway maintenance facility. Therefore, no archeological investigation was recommended due to this prior disturbance and the FCC Form was completed accordingly.

Phase I Condensed Report and Completion of FCC Form 620, Proposed Communications Facility, Saratoga Exit 15, 75 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, New York. The project consisted of the construction of a 150-foot monopole and associated facilities. The OPRHP files did not contain any listed or known eligible properties located within the APE for visual effects. The site file search identified one known archeological site located within one-half mile of the project area. The OPRHP website identified the project as within an archeologically sensitive area, therefore, a Phase I archeological investigation was recommended. The Phase I archeological survey consisted of the hand excavation of shovel test pits to determine the presence or absence of cultural materials within the APE for direct effects. No cultural materials were recovered. The information from the file search and Phase I was used to complete the FCC Form 620 and relevant attachments.

Phase I Archeological Reconnaissance Survey, Nextel Bridgewater Quinn Cell Tower Project, Town of Woodstock, Windsor County, Vermont. This survey encountered an early 19th-century domestic deposit related to a previously unknown occupation along the Ottauquechee River. Testing at a quartz outcrop and adjacent to a vernal pool did not identify any archeological deposits. The project was redesigned to avoid the historic site and, therefore, had no effect on archeological deposits.

Phase IB Archeological Survey, Telecommunications Tower Location (P# 2005124713), Town of Springfield, Windsor County, Vermont. This survey examined an area overlooking the floodplain of the Black River identified as archeologically sensitive. No archeological deposits were identified.