A Different Kind of Education Reform: Reuse of Historic School Buildings

For better or worse, we all have strong memories of the school buildings where we spent much of our youth. Similar to municipal, ecclesiastical and institutional buildings, schools have traditionally been viewed as centerpieces of communities and neighborhoods. They are where kids gather for learning, adults gather to vote and everyone has a story. The […]

Tax Credits as an Economic Revitalization Tool: National Park Service’s Report

In January, then Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., to host a meeting in Detroit that focused on how the highly successful historic tax credit (HTC) program could be used to spark development in communities that have faced significant long-term decline. Economic development, real estate and design professionals attended the […]

Historic Tax Credits: A Good Incentive for the Times

With a number of lawmakers looking for tax loopholes to close, many in the historic preservation industry are nervous about the future of the historic tax credit (HTC) program. The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia warns, “With our nation’s fiscal crisis demanding a reassessment of current tax policy, the historic tax credit is certain to […]

Revitalizing America One Storefront at a Time

Over the years, the historic tax credit program has been a critical incentive in the rehabilitation of historic buildings and by extension, in the economic revitalization of America’s downtowns and main streets. According to the National Park Service, in its lifetime, the tax credit program has generated $62 billion in construction over 38,000 projects. In […]

Maximizing Historic Rehabilitation as an Economic Revitalization Tool

As detailed in the National Park Service’s (NPS’s) 2011 Annual Report, the federal historic preservation tax incentive program is the nation’s most effective program to promote historic preservation and community revitalization through historic rehabilitation. Since its inception in 1976, the tax credit program has generated $62 billion in the rehabilitation of income-producing historic preservation.

Historic Tax Credits in a Modern World” Retail as Theater

The heart of the historic tax credit (HTC) program is economics. In creating the current program, Congress recognized that preserving and rehabilitating older and historic buildings provided a social and aesthetic public benefit, but that incentives were needed because rehabilitation projects’ extra costs. In particular, changes to the tax code in 1981 had the undesirable […]

Due Diligence: The New Necessity

In the recent past, developers often neglected due diligence in an effort to close deals. It was not uncommon 10 years ago for developers of historic tax credit (HTC) projects to skip this step, and the tax credit investors rarely investigated the project themselves. Due diligence is not a new concept, however. It is simply […]

America’s Endangered Properties: An Avenue to Potential Projects

Throughout the United States there are thousands of historic properties ripe for rehabilitation or preservation. Many of these properties will be picked up by developers and find new life with the assistance of tax incentive programs as our downtowns revitalize. Other properties won’t be as lucky, as they may not be eligible for any financial […]

Twinning the HTC with the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

There was a time when constructing or renovating a building was generally a straightforward affair. Buy the land, find your equity, get your approval and build. While this outline remains, the simplicity of the good old days seems as dated as the typewriter. Today, even straightforward projects are complicated. Complex ownership entities, lengthy project review […]

Condominium Conundrum and Other Multi-Owner Property Issues

By the mid-1990s the condominium market was gaining strength, military base closures totaled more than 350 installations and many mill renovations were under way. While many of these projects offered historic renovation opportunities, they also raised questions about the use of historic federal tax incentives on properties with multiple owners. When addressing these ownership issues […]

When State Incentives Meet Budget Realities- The New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credit

Recently, a number of developers have asked Heritage Consulting Group to find investors interested in purchasing New York state rehabilitation tax credits. After searching high and low, it is evident that the market has little to no appetite for the state’s rehabilitation tax credits. With state historic tax credits so prevalent and useful, it was […]

The Ups and Downs of State Historic Preservation Incentives

Study after study has proved that the federal historic tax incentive program, through the rehabilitation and ultimate adaptive reuse of older and historic buildings, has been one of the most successful and cost effective programs in leveraging private investment, fostering public private partnerships and creating jobs in both good and bad economies. The program has […]