Up to 115 employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York, may have to deal with a relocation effort that would involve them working in an office space in Manhattan.
Local leaders say they fear the Corps may relocate because numerous bases nationwide are expected to be shutdown in 2015, and Fort Hamilton was already on the cusp of closure in 2005, the New York Daily News reports.
Some legislators are speaking out against the relocation, using their political influence to keep the Corps in Brooklyn.
"Quite frankly, Fort Hamilton is a huge part of our community and I wouldn't allow anything to jeopardize that," said U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who represents the 13th district of New York. "When I say they'd have to move over my dead body, that's not a sound bite, I meant it."
With the government focused on cutting back on spending, some federal agencies are on the chopping block. If the Corps were to move, and the base shut down, many of the employees may be faced with moving to a new neighborhood and potentially dealing with an unfavorable home-selling market.