Va. likely to take gain 300 acres at Fort Monroe

Va. likely to take gain 300 acres at Fort Monroe

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Va. likely to take gain 300 acres at Fort Monroe

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Associated Press & 13News

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 9:11 AM

HAMPTON (AP) -- Virginia is likely to take control of 300 acres of the 565-acre site around Fort Monroe by the end of the month.

Media outlets report that the Fort Monroe Authority voted Thursday to recommend Gov. Bob McDonnell accept the transfer of 312 acres by May 28.

The state had wanted all the land to revert to Virginia, but the Army wants to keep a large portion that includes a marina and other property.

Glenn Oder, executive director of the Fort Monroe Authority, said Thursday, “Acceptance of the property demonstrates our good faith efforts to receive this property back into the control of the Commonwealth to preserve the history of the property and continue our momentum of appropriate adaptive reuse of Fort Monroe.”

Some land at the site was designated a national monument by President Barack Obama and will be transferred to the National Park Service for that purpose.

Fort Monroe ceased to operate as an Army installation in 2011.

Fort Monroe Authority executive director Glenn Oder says the public won't notice anything different at the site.

He said work continuing to develop a master plan for the long-term vision for Fort Monroe. That process, which has included several public meetings and community input, is expected to be completed sometime this summer.

AP-WF-05-24-13 1238GMT

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