Office Conversion

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New York Passes Housing Package Focused on New Development and Adaptive Reuse

The FY 2025 budget includes a new tax incentive, funding for affordable housing on state land, and support for adaptive reuse and ADUs.

April 23, 2024 - Governor Kathy Hochul

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Legislation Introduced to Support Adaptive Reuse of Federal Buildings

The proposed bill would promote the conversion of vacant and underused buildings into affordable housing.

April 15, 2024 - Route Fifty

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Draft Plan Takes Aim at Downtown DC Revitalization

The plan calls for policies that support adaptive reuse, new housing construction, and improved public parks and facilities.

March 25, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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LA Zoning Reforms Could Yield Up to 250,000 New Homes

A draft plan would speed up permitting for residential projects with an affordability component and make more buildings eligible for adaptive reuse.

March 14, 2024 - The Center Square

Office Building

6 Key Factors That Make Office Buildings Prime for Conversion

A building’s potential for adaptive reuse is based on a variety of characteristics.

March 8, 2024 - Columbus Business First

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Adaptive Reuse: The Missing Piece to the Housing Puzzle?

Millions of square feet sit vacant while millions of Americans struggle to find affordable housing. Can reimagining our empty skyscrapers be the key to unlocking both solutions?

February 26, 2024 - Ricardo Brites

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DC Issues Draft Adaptive Reuse Regulations

A proposed tax abatement program would promote the conversion of office buildings to housing.

February 9, 2024 - Venable LLP

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Study: Office Conversions One-Third More Affordable Than New Housing

Where conditions are right for office-to-residential adaptive reuse, projects can be completed faster and at a significantly lower cost than new construction.

November 21, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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Arizona Town Expands Infill Incentive District

The Chandler City Council voted to add the city’s downtown and other areas to an incentive program that supports infill development.

November 15, 2023 - Chandler News

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Federal Agencies Update Rules to Support Office Conversions

New grant rules make it easier for local governments to acquire commercial properties for conversion to affordable housing.

October 30, 2023 - Route Fifty

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The Death of the Office?

Despite efforts on the part of many employers to bring workers back to the office, office buildings are now the most distressed segment of the commercial real estate market.

July 24, 2023 - Curbed

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Survey: Zoning Codes Holding Back Office Conversion

A survey of developers and architects found that many of them find it hard to meet demand for office conversion due to local regulations and zoning restrictions.

June 23, 2023 - U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Pittsburgh Adaptive Reuse Program Accepting Applications

The city has issued a request for proposals to support projects converting downtown office buildings to affordable housing.

February 9, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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D.C. Mayor Pushes for More Housing Downtown

Mayor Bowser wants to encourage adaptive reuse of office buildings and bring 100,000 new residents to the downtown core.

January 5, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive


Adaptive Reuse Booming in Pittsburgh

The city is seeing rapid growth in residential development in its downtown core, signaling a shift to accommodate a reduced need for office space and a renewed interest in mixed-use, transit-oriented neighborhoods.

October 11, 2022 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Pittsburgh’s Downtown Office Buildings Could Soon Become Housing

The city is proposing a $2.1 million boost to state and county efforts aimed at converting office buildings to affordable workforce housing.

July 11, 2022 - Pittsburgh Magazine

Downtown Detroit

How Easy Is it to Repurpose Offices into Apartments?

Adaptive reuse is a hot concept, but regulatory and financial hurdles have made it slow to catch on in practice.

April 28, 2021 - Slate

Downtown Boise

Boise Using Adaptive Reuse to Convert Offices to Affordable Housing

Under the city's Grow Our Housing program, vacant offices could see a new life as below-market rentals.

February 19, 2021 - NextCity

Can Office Conversions Ease London's Housing Shortage?

As a property buying binge by the global super-rich makes parts of London "more international, more expensive and more empty," the government is looking to ease the conversion of offices to residences. Can this ease the city's housing shortage?

April 2, 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

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