The Army Corps of Engineers has reversed a plan to move its North Atlantic Division headquarters from Fort Hamilton to Manhattan, handing New York Rep. Michael Grimm (R) a huge victory after he vowed to block the move of the division headquarters from his Brooklyn district.
Local officials had been concerned that losing the Corps’ 100-plus personnel from the 186-year-old site could lead to the eventual closure of the installation.
The Corps was considering the move as a way to make it more convenient to meet with its military and local government partners, as the post has no public transportation. But following a series of meetings between Division Commander Brig. Gen. Peter DeLuca and Grimm, the agency decided it would not move its headquarters staff off of Fort Hamilton, Corps spokesman Justin Ward told 360. Now the agency will look at options for leasing limited meeting space in Manhattan, he said.
Grimm previously added a provision to the fiscal 2012 energy and water development spending bill that would have prevented the Corps from spending any funds on a move, reported the Brooklyn Paper. The House passed the measure last month.