How do you restore historic buildings for adaptive reuse?

Our goal is to retain the building’s historic integrity while making necessary changes. The Secretary of Interior’s Standards are widely used for historic preservation. More information can be found in the Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Structures and the Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Structures. Since Sandy Hook is part of Gateway National Recreation Area, a national park,  NPS Leasing Regulations are in effect.

The National Park Service cannot recommend specific private entities for performing this kind of work. We can, however, share this list of consultants who provided services to grantees receiving matching grants from the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund. This list is not an endorsement or recommendation by the NPS or by the Fort Hancock 21st Century Committee. We encourage you to check references, to review past projects and professional qualifications, and to seek multiple bids before making your selection.

Some adaptive reuses qualify for federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives.

What about Hurricane Sandy?

Hurricane Sandy washed ashore on October 29, 2012. Floodwaters covered most, but not all, of the peninsula. Some buildings were damaged more than others, depending on their elevation and initial construction.

Overall, most of the buildings being considered for lease here were only moderately damaged as a result of the storm surge. Most basements of buildings on Officers Row, for example, were flooded. Maps show the degree of flooding for the Fort Hancock Historic Post and for the southern areas of the park. FEMA zones for Sandy Hook are shown as well.

Real Property Costing

The Committee’s working group on cost accounting created a report analyzing initial real property costs and provides some options.

The Department of Defense (DoD) Cultural Resources newsletter (2013) details the advantages of reusing historic structures. A summary of the report Demonstrating the Environmental & Economic Cost-Benefits of Reusing DoD’s Pre-World War II Buildings  is posted, along with the full report and appendices.