SANDY HOOK, NJ - On Friday, July 31, Gateway National Recreation Area released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to lease 16 former residences on “Officers Row” in the national park’s Sandy Hook Unit. These buildings, which overlook the bay side of Fort Hancock Historic Post, may be leased for compatible uses including residential, lodging, or business use related to residential or lodging use.
“As we continue productive negotiations with the parties selected in the last RFP, it makes sense to build on our success,” stated Superintendent Jennifer T. Nersesian. “In later phases, the National Park Service (NPS) will make more buildings at Fort Hancock Historic Post available for a variety of adaptive uses.”
To accommodate the public’s interest in these properties, this RFP will be a “rolling” solicitation. The initial RFP response period will be open for a period of sixty (60) days, with a deadline on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 1 P.M. Eastern Standard Time. Additional proposals will thereafter be accepted on the following dates: Friday, October 30, 2015; Friday, November 27, 2015 (the day after Thanksgiving, a federal holiday); and Monday, December 28, 2015 (the Monday after December 25, a federal holiday). The solicitation will continue until all buildings available under this RFP are leased or until the NPS discontinues this solicitation.
Buildings 2-17, along with Building 21, are available under this RFP. The selection of available buildings is subject to the completion of ongoing negotiations now underway with the applicants selected during the Pilot Phase. Instructions may be found, along with a booklet and attachments, at http://www.nps.gov/gate/learn/management/fort-hancock-rolling-RFP.htm.
In June, the park revised its Use Map for Fort Hancock Historic Post after a meeting with the Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee (http://www.forthancock21.org). The new Use Map was based on the submissions received in response to the last RFP, issued in December 2014. The change to the Use Map allows flexibility for compatible use of buildings on Officers Row, including residential, lodging, or business use related to residential or lodging use. The map contains three basic zones: compatible use; community/commercial; and educational/commercial. This map is not permanent and may change.
Non-profit organizations can use a different instrument for beginning the process of securing a building. Together with the park, they can develop a Letter of Intent (LOI) as the basis for a future lease. An LOI will require non-profit organizations to meet specific goals within a timeline worked out by both parties, allowing the non-profit time to secure necessary approvals and obtain funding. Interested non-profit organizations should contact Gateway's Business Office at Gateway_BMD@nps.gov.
All of the buildings offered in this RFP were built by the U.S. Army as a part of Fort Hancock, the former Army post on the Sandy Hook peninsula. With the exception of the Duplex Officers Quarters, built in 1939, all buildings were constructed in 1898-1899 for use as lieutenant, captain and commanding officer quarters. Today, Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark District includes the entire Sandy Hook Unit as well as the area under the administration of the United States Coast Guard.