The National Park Service intends to create a viable, vital community and save historic buildings at Fort Hancock by leasing them to organizations and individuals, who will restore them through adaptive reuse.
The National Park Service can do this, but not alone. It needs the expertise and advice of experts outside of government. The Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee advises the park on the best ways to revive these vacant buildings for a new century of service.
What is the Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee?
The Committee brings together experts from several disciplines and occupations, drawn mainly from the communities surrounding Sandy Hook, to study the historic district and make recommendations for its possible reuse. Members were drawn from the scientific, education, recreational, business, real estate and hospitality communities as well as local elected officials. They serve three-year terms. When terms expire, a call for nominations is placed in the Federal Register and announced by the park via press release. Anyone interested in membership may nominate themselves. (You may not nominate someone else.)
The Committee meets six or more times per year. These meetings are open to the public, with specific times scheduled for public comment. Written comments may be submitted to the Designated Federal Officer or emailed to the park. They are placed on the Committee's website without editing or comment.
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