In commercial real estate, adaptive reuse occurs when an older building is adapted for a different use than it was originally designed for. Adaptive reuse can have a variety of advantages for commercial real estate investors and developers. Primarily, this comes in the form of significant savings; demolition and new building construction can be extremely expensive, and adaptive reuse can lead to substantially lower construction costs.
The Historic Tax Credit, or HTC program, is a 20% federal tax credit designed to encourage investors to fund the substantial rehabilitation of historic structures. Since 1976, Historic Tax Credits have bee responsible for creating $144.6 billion in private investment in historic building rehabilitation while preserving more than 43,000 historic structures across the country. With the credit, an investor can take 20% of the Qualified Rehabilitation Expenditures (QREs) of the project as a deduction from their federal income taxes.