surrounding community. In some instances, private partners pay for capital improvements, which benefit the property, and the buildings are preserved through a creative team approach. Over the past two reporting cycles, federal agencies reported steady increases in outleasing. As the ACHP continues to implement the finding, through its Leveraging Federal Historic Buildings Working Group, it points to several examples of federal agencies’ best practices for leasing federal historic buildings to nonfederal partners. HIGHLIGHTS ›› GSA has concluded an effort initiated during the last reporting period, executing a lease with the State of California transforming the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse (Los Angeles, California) into the new home of the California State Superior Court. The courthouse, which is an NHL, is meeting the judicial needs of the state while maintaining the building’s historic function. All 15 of the building’s courtrooms have been reused for their originally intended purpose. ›› The U.S. Coast Guard maintains an ongoing partnership with GSA and NPS for administration of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act process to transfer historic lighthouse properties from U.S. Coast Guard ownership to qualified nonfederal recipients. ›› AFRH announced the selection of a development team in 2019 and is currently in negotiations with the team to execute a long-term ground lease for an underutilized portion of the property. The partnership will provide new development, and all funds resulting from the lease will be used to continue managing the historic campus. ›› VA, Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) has executed an enhanced use lease to renovate several iconic buildings within the historic core of the campus, a designated NHL, for housing homeless or at-risk veterans and their families, which also received a Save America’s Treasures grant from NPS. ›› The USPS has leased a portion of the Morgan North Post Office (New York, New York) that was excess space, specifically the top six floors (more than 500,000 square feet) of the historic 10-story building. The USPS continues to occupy the basement and the first four floors, and the developer intends to redevelop the leased space into high-tech creative office spaces with a 2.5 acre roof deck, eighth floor terrace, and other roof amenity spaces.
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