Governor approves controversial Fort Monroe development plan

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by Mike Gooding, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 6:40 PM

HAMPTON -- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has approved a new master plan for Fort Monroe, eight years after BRAC voted to close the former Army post, but the decision is surrounded by some controversy.

The plan allows the Fort Monroe Authority to sell off some homes and property for residential development in 313 acres between the historic moated fortress and Buckroe Beach.

"It intensifies the prospect that we will forget that this is a national treasure and not a development plum for one city and some developers," said Poquoson resident and Fort Monroe activist Steve Corneliussen.  Read more here.

Fort Monroe Authority Executive Director Glenn Oder insists there will be plenty of green space, and historic preservation will be a top priority.
  
"We wanted to make sure that we preserved the property, we'd tell the great stories of Fort Monroe, and we make it economically sustainable so we're not a tax drain on the Commonwealth," Oder said.
 

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