RED BANK, NJ: One of the most interesting and natural wildlife settings is right in our backyard.

Maintained and owned by the National Park Service (NPS), Sandy Hook is part of Gateway National Recreation Area.

It’s a very cool place to cruise around in your car and has numerous places to stop including Fort Hancock, the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, a Nike Missile site, and various other military artillery batteries.

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An online public ZOOM meeting is scheduled to discuss the newest privatization proposal - to build up to 90 residential units focusing of Officers Row which line the bayside of Sandy Hook.

When: Monday, November 23

Time: 6:30pm

To register for the meeting, click HERE.

Specifically, the NPS is requesting proposals, "...to lease multiple historic buildings for any compatible use of historic buildings, (such as residential, lodging, or business use related to residential or lodging use), commercial use, or nonprofit within Fort Hancock and the Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark, in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area (Gateway).  The NPS is prepared to offer a lease term of up to 60 years."

To read the August 2017 Request for Proposal, click HEREpdf.

The 26,000-acre park was created in 1972, “…to preserve and protect an area possessing outstanding natural and recreational features.”  The National Park Service had previously attempted to lease the buildings at Fort Hancock in exchange for renovation. 

With little incentives, many of the buildings have deteriorated including the eighteen elegant “Officer Row” homes that housed the Fort Hancock officers and their families.

Private investors had renovated several buildings and a proposal was submitted in February 2019 to renovate the remaining Officers’ Row housing, but ultimately went nowhere due to objections. 

To read the history of Sandy Hook, click HERE.