SANDY HOOK, NJ – The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to demolish two building at Sandy Hook: Building 119 and 120 both WWII T (temporary) buildings which for many years housed park seasonal employees. Both of these structures are contributing resources in the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark District.
The first floors of the buildings were flooded and extensively damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Prior to Sandy, Gateway housed seasonal workers and volunteers in the buildings. Sandy demonstrated that it was not sustainable to continue to use these buildings for housing; the first floors of buildings 119 and 120 are 3-4 feet below the 100-year-flood elevation, and are in a moderate wave action zone. Building 102, a historic brick barracks associated with the Proving Ground and located in a more a more flood-resistant location, was rehabilitated to replace the lost housing capacity.
The proposed demolitions are subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), which requires federal agencies to consider the effects of their actions on historic properties. NPS considered alternatives to demolition including relocation to higher ground and raising above the flood level as well as leasing to an interested party; all of which proved to be economically unfeasible. There is no foreseeable or feasible future use for 119 or 120 due to their susceptibility for flooding and post-storm condition, and the park has decided that demolition is the best option.
The NPS has determined that the proposed project will have an adverse effect on the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground NHL District. As required by NHPA, the NPS has consulted with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office, The Army Ground Forces Association, and other interested parties, and has drafted a Memorandum of Agreement to that effect.
The ongoing participation of the public is very important to the success of this project. You are asked to share your comments from February 25 through March 15 either by commenting on the website or by mail.
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Attn: Demolition of Sandy Hook WWII Temporary Barracks 119 and 120 210 New York Avenue, Staten Island New York 10305