Contractors demolish storm-damaged buildings on Ft. Monroe

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by Velma Scaife, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 17 at 5:46 PM

HAMPTON -- Going, going gone.   

The Wherry Apartment Complex at Fort Monroe in Hampton is coming down.  

Built in the early fifties for enlisted personnel, military familes lived in the housing development until last August.

They had to move out because of extensive damage from hurricane Irene. 

With the cost of repairing the damge far exceeding the value of the buildings, the Fort Monroe Authority decided to teardown the 31 apartments.  

The demolition is expected to take three to four months.

What will happen to the property hasn't been decided. 

But, Phyliss Newman of Hampton hopes it will stay vacant.   She jogs on the boardwalk going past the development several times a week. She says, "it would be nice to have another unimpeded view from the fort out on the bay." 

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