LEVERAGING FEDERAL HISTORIC PROPERTIES FOR COMMUNITY BENEFITS
Federal agencies were asked to share with the ACHP and the Secretary of the Interior information on how they used their historic properties between Fiscal Year 2018 and Fiscal Year 2020. They were asked how this use contributed to local communities through economic development and heritage tourism; what laws, regulations, or requirements most directly affected their historic property protection strategies; and their success at leasing excess buildings and structures. Federal agencies as a whole continue to make efforts to use their historic buildings for mission needs and have a variety of mechanisms at their disposal with which to do this. Leasing and reuse are especially important as funds can be allocated to properties in use, which in turn results in regular maintenance of the buildings. Agencies continue to find innovative ways to lease to nonfederal entities unused or unneeded facilities or space that in turn can provide funds to maintain other federal historic properties. This chapter focuses on the successes federal agencies have had over the past three years in leasing to nonfederal entities, reuse of historic properties, and partnerships that benefit local communities through heritage tourism and preservation trades.
Completed rehabilitation work at Skinner Cabin, McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area, CO (BLM/Natasha Krasnow)
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