For planned community developers in the know, there’s no better place to find a good deal on large real estate purchases than the local government.

That’s because the past several years have seen local governments go bankrupt, such as the city of Stockton, California. So it’s no surprise when school board members find relief to have a buyer for a vacant school. But…. sometimes there’s a catch.

Many government buildings are classified as historic. To redevelop or demolish a historic building, it takes a bit of PR and money. A step-by-step process can be found on the Critical Mention blog.

1) A request is sent to the Historic Preservation Commission to add the redevelopment plans to the next meeting agenda. These meetings are open to the public.

2) Direct mailers are then sent to residents in the surrounding area.

a. These mailers should focus on the positives of redevelopment: jobs, growth and beautification

b. Mailers should contain a hotline for feedback and follow up surveys should be made by phone to respondents

3) If applicable, a door-to-door strategy is effective if strong support is given on the preservation of a building.

If your petition or approach fails, there’s a fall-back strategy: purchasers can include an inspection period to ensure that the property meets the requirements and conditions of the company: like re-zoning and redevelopment. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for additional PR resources, @criticalmention