Fort Hamilton Child Development Center EA

The New York District is supporting the U.S Army Garrison Fort Hamilton (USAG Fort Hamilton) by preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the construction and operation of a new Child Development Center facility on the installation. The purpose of the EA is to evaluate the potential environmental impact of the proposed action.

Within New York City, USAG Fort Hamilton is located in southern Brooklyn next to the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. USAG Fort Hamilton is home to Army Active duty, Reserves, and National Guard Soldiers and their family members and provides essential services to an estimated 50,000 people. Major units on the installation include the North Atlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the second largest Military Entrance Processing Station in the United States, and the second largest Army Recruiting Battalion in the United States. The Child Development Center provides critical services to families by offering a consistent, safe, and nurturing environment for children ages six weeks to Pre-Kindergarten. The Child Development Center provides nurturing staff, balanced and nutritional meals, and age-appropriate activities and curriculum.

The new Child Development Center facility would be larger than the existing facility, allowing USAG Fort Hamilton to increase enrollment capacity from approximately 76 to 126 children to better meet the installation’s needs for childcare services.  In addition, the project would provide a modernized facility with new amenities to support the Child Development Center’s mission.

The decision to be made by the Army is regarding the construction and operation of a new Child Development Center facility. The EA will analyze the Preferred Alternative of constructing and operating the new Child Development Center facility between Garrison Headquarters and the Holiday Inn Express, and a No Action Alternative.

The project is currently in the scoping phase. Scoping is conducted to determine the range of issues that should be analyzed in the EA. A Description of the Proposed Action and Alternatives (DOPAA) has been prepared for the project and is now available for review. USAG Fort Hamilton invites you to review the DOPAA and to send your suggestions regarding the scope and content of the EA, along with the name and address of an appropriate contact person on or before 30-days from when the scoping letters are sent out/dated to: Once scoping is complete, the DOPAA will be incorporated into the Draft EA, which will be made available for review.