Historic Reuse Program (HRP)
The VA HRP was established as a comprehensive Department-wide approach to making vacant and /or underutilized VA-owned historic assets available for reuse or exchange at minimal cost to the Department.
The authority for this program is derived from Section 111 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) codified at 54 U.S. Code § 306121-306122 Specifically this authority allows federal agencies to outlease or exchange federally–owned historic properties to public or private entities for alternative uses after consultation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). Federal agencies may also enter into agreements with outside entities for the management of the historic buildings or property. Several federal agencies including the General Services Administration, NASA and the Coast Guard routinely use this authority to out lease or exchange unneeded vacant historic real property. With a vast portfolio of historic real property, HRP is a tool for VA to put these vacant /underutilized historic assets back into productive use while minimizing the maintenance and upkeep costs for the buildings. Ideally, the private sector partner would redevelop the historic real property and maintain its historic attributes while operating it as an income producing property. This would allow the department to meet its obligation to maintain its historic real property assets without expending funds that could be directed toward veteran benefits. The HRP will be managed by the Office of Real Property’s Land Acquisitions and Strategic Utilization (LASU). For more information about HRP please contact the LASU team at RPSU@va.gov.