Rolling Requests fro Proposals are open at Fort Hancock

View of Fort Hancock at Gateway's Sandy Hook Unit
Fort Hancock

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News Release Date: January 7, 2016

Contact: Daphne Yun, 718-354-4602

 Gateway National Recreation Area (Gateway) is seeking proposals to lease multiple historic buildings for residential and compatible uses; commercial uses; and not-for-profit uses within Fort Hancock.  The Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are "rolling" which means that the National Park Service (NPS) will accept proposals on the last Friday of every month until all the Fort Hancock properties are leased or the NPS discontinues this opportunity.  Instructions on how to submit proposals and other details can be found at

"We went out with a pilot RFP in December of 2014," said Gateway Superintendent Jennifer T. Nersesian.  "That was a great start and we want to continue to promote opportunities for adaptive reuse of these historic buildings.  Our end goal is to lease all of the buildings in Fort Hancock and create a viable, vital community that enhances this national park."

The Common Area Maintenance (CAM) fees will be waived for the entire length of the lease for the first five lease signers.  CAM fees include all costs associated with services such as garbage pickup, moving, snow removal, law enforcement, and fire safety at Fort Hancock.

"The release of these RFPs signals to all that the Fort Hancock Historic Post is reawakening," said Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory committee co-chair Shawn Welch.  "The new relationships between the future lease holders, the NPS and the organizations already at the Post will invigorate the National Landmark that is the Sandy Hook peninsula.  This is a great day for our community and historic preservation."

About Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee

Since January 2013, the Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee has helped Gateway consider the options for preservation of Fort Hancock's historic landscape and buildings.  Its members include local elected officials and experts in fields such real estate, education and the environment. Meetings are open to the public and include a public comment period.  Meeting summaries and information about the fort and its buildings can be found at

About Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark

Fort Hancock is located within Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area.  The peninsula has played a major role in the defense of New York Harbor from colonial days to the present.  Fort Hancock, a U.S Army fort, was established in 1895 and operated until it was deactivated in 1974.

About Gateway National Recreation Area

A large diverse urban park spanning two states, Gateway combines recreational activities with natural beauty, wildlife preservation, military history and more.  Visitors ca hike, picnic, swim, sunbathe, bike, visit the oldest lighthouse in the nation, see an airplane collection and camp overnight, all in the New York metropolitan area.  As the National Park Service (NPS) looks forward to its Centennial Gateway is putting together creative ideas to invite people to the park and be part of the NPS's next 100 years.  For information about Gateway's upcoming public programs, see the park's website at  To join the conversation about Gateway,like us on our Facebook page

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