Thomas J. McIntyre Federal Building

80 Daniel Street, Portsmouth, NH

The City Council Work Session held on Saturday, September 9th, is available for viewing here (part 1 - featuring presentations from Winn Development and Ocean Properties/Two International Group) and here (part 2 - featuring Leggat McCall and Redgate/Kane).

The City has released a Request for Proposals to 7 private partners* who previously submitted their qualifications. PROPOSALS ARE DUE NOVEMBER 6, 2017.

*Wood Partners and Chinburg Properties have withdrawn their interest in proposing on this project.

The Thomas J. McIntyre Federal Building has been home to several offices of the Federal government for over 50 years. Located on Daniel Street, the building has supported offices of the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Postal Service. Since 2004, the General Services Administration (GSA) has been planning to relocate the functions from this property to another location in Portsmouth. In fall of 2016, the GSA officially began its disposal process, declaring the building to be surplus to its needs.

The City of Portsmouth has been invited to submit an application pursuant to the Historic Monument Program in order to request that the Thomas J. McIntyre Federal building be transferred to City ownership under the General Services Administration's Surplus Property disposal regulations.

Constructed in 1967, the Thomas J. McIntyre Building is a contributing structure to the proposed Portsmouth National Register Historic District. For more information on its architectural style and significance, please refer to the Architectural History Resources.

The City will seek out private partners to preserve the historic elements of the property while returning it to an active, integrated part of the downtown. It will do so by requesting development teams submit their qualifications for the City's review, and then invite selected teams to submit more specific proposals outlining how they intend to marry the City's goals for the site with their team's proposed reuse. The City Council will seek public input and participation as it chooses a partner to assist in a successful application to the Historic Surplus Property (a.k.a. Historic Monument) Program.

Through acquiring the site and subsequently leasing it to a preferred developer, the City hopes to:

  • capitalize on the rare opportunity to shape redevelopment of a downtown block in the City’s best interests by promoting public/non-profit/commercial use of its ground floor;
  • re-connect the site with Daniel, Penhallow, and Bow Streets via new pedestrian ways, introduction of open space and public parking uses, and revitalize the area with new uses;
  • ensure redevelopment/reuse of the site that meets the city’s economic development goals; and
  • accomplish the above in a fiscally prudent manner, through a public-private partnership.