New Uses for Historic Properties
Historic Surplus Property Program enables state, county and local
governments to obtain historic buildings once used by the federal
government at no cost, and adapt them to new uses.
are listed in, or eligible for listing in, the National Register
of Historic Places and determined appropriate for this program by
the General Services Administration (GSA), or the Department of
Defense (DoD) for some military properties. Government entities
that receive transferred properties may use them for public facilities,
such as museums and government offices, or can lease and develop
them as income-producing commercial ventures. In certain instances,
developers may be eligible for federal preservation tax incentives
for historic buildings.
NY uses this former post office and courthouse for its city
The National Park
Service assists GSA and DoD in the transfer of historic properties
they have identified as no longer needed by the federal government.
Applications for historic surplus property are reviewed by the National
Park Service and include three major components: a use plan, a financial
plan, and an architectural plan. All changes to properties being
transferred under this program must be made in conformance with
the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation.
Recipients of historic surplus properties must commit the funds
necessary to preserve and maintain the property in perpetuity.
The National Park Service also monitors the condition of these properties in perpetuity.