FORT HANCOCK - The military is taking another shot at redeveloping the century-old reservation known as Fork Hancock, and the National Park Service is looking for ideas that will respect the area's rich history.

These look like old, abandoned buildings from the outside, but they bear the battle scars of wounded warriors.

Ranger John Warren says renovations at the Sandy Hook fort would be worth it. "It's an investment in our country, our heritage, our history."

The fort was established in the Spanish-American War and housed officers and their families into the modern age.

During it's peak, guns launched projectiles to fend off attack ships steaming along the six-mile peninsula that reaches into lower New York Harbor.

The lighthouse, built in 1764 to curb the number of shipwrecks, is now the oldest still in use.

"For succeeding generations it has protected the United States," says Warren. "Now what we're seeking is for these buildings to be protected from the elements of time."

The government is asking for "expressions of interest" and will entertain ideas to rehabilitate Fort Hancock and welcome users for the next century.

The deadline for proposals is Dec. 16.