Fort Lafayette public notice

December 17, 2013 Shlomo Sprung
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Request for information about the former Fort Lafayette

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is beginning the process of implementing the Munitions Response Site Prioritization Protocol for the former Fort Lafayette. During the Civil War, Fort Lafayette served as a military prison; it was later used by the U. S. Navy as an ammunition supply and transfer point. The fort was demolished in 1960 to make way for the Brooklyn side pillar of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Fort Lafayette is one of many former military installations throughout the United States that will be reviewed under the Department of Defense’s Munitions Response Site Prioritization Protocol. This protocol is used to assess sites that may have unexploded ordnance, discarded military munitions or munitions constituents, and to assign priorities for any additional investigation or munitions removal that may be required.

The Corps of Engineers is seeking information on the former Fort Lafayette that could help us learn more about past activities at the site.  The type of information we need include types of munitions that were stored, used or otherwise handled, ease of access to the site, number of people living near the site, previous discoveries of munitions, human health and environmental concerns.

The preliminary assessment report is available for public inspection at the Brooklyn Public Library (Fort Hamilton Branch), 9424 Fourth Avenue,

Brooklyn, New York 11209, and at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Road (at Ocean Ave. & Father Capodanno Blvd.), Staten Island, New York.

If you can provide information about Fort Lafayette, please contact the below within the next 30 days:

Gregory J. Goepfert

Project Manager

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

New York District (CENAN-PP-E)

26 Federal Plaza

New York, New York 10278

[email protected]


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