Plans for Fort Hancock are part of the NPS process of developing a new General Management Plan (GMP) that will determine the future development of the Sandy Hook Unit and the historic fort.
The park service schedule calls for the implementation of an alternative redevelopment plan to begin by fall 2013.
The NPS is listening to public suggestions and comments on its proposed alternative visions for the future of Fort Hancock at an open house set for 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the chapel at Fort Hancock.
An advisory committee has been established that will provide recommendations for the historic reuse of more than 30 historic buildings in the Fort Hancock Area of Sandy Hook.
Some of the advisory committee include: Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry; Mayor John Eckdahl, Rumson; Mayor Anthony Fiore, Middletown; Mayor Frank Nolan, Highlands; and George Conway, of Sea Bright, who is also secretary/treasurer of Trap Rock Industries, Kingston, Dr. Howard Parish, vice chair of the N.J. Marine Sciences Consortium at Sandy Hook , Arthur Imperatore Jr., executive vice president of N.Y. Waterway; and Bill Wilby, former head of equities for Openheimer Funds Inc.
Some examples of the plans being considered include: “Discovering Gateway,” which provides for the adaptive reuse of the buildings at the fort for a wide variety of potential uses ranging from lodgings to restaurants, conference space and offices. This alternative is similar to the one to commercialize Fort Hancock proposed by the developer who failed to secure financing for the project and lost the lease for the historic buildings.
“Experiencing Preserved Places,” which would focus on efforts that would preserve the historic buildings at Fort Hancock and attract a historic preservation vocational school and other educational related uses and improve the historic setting of the coastal defense structures at the fort.
“Connecting Coastlines”, which would make Fort Hancock a “center for maritime-related interpretation and programming and coastal research,” while some buildings would be renovated to be used as lodging for visitors and more taxi and ferry use.