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Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced that he has approved the Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority’s (FMFADA) plan for reuse of the Fort Monroe property when the U.S. Army vacates the base in September 2011. The FMFADA has created a plan that protects the property’s historic character, maintains full public access, creates a large-scale park, and calls for adaptive reuse of existing buildings and allows new development within strict guidelines.
“I am pleased with the work of the FMFADA over the past 18 months to create a plan for Fort Monroe that ensures this spectacular and historic property will be enjoyed by many generations to come,” Governor Kaine said. “I also am pleased that the process to create the reuse plan has included many community and regional leaders, experts in historic preservation and economic development, the City of Hampton, and the National Park Service.”
The Fort Monroe property will revert to state ownership as a result of the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission’s 2005 decision to close the nearly 200-year-old Army installation.
The Governor is required by law to approve the FMFADA’s reuse plan before it can be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Defense. The FMFADA will now submit the plan by September 30, 2008 to the Department of Defense.
With the reuse plan approved, the 18-member FMFADA will continue working with the Army, community leaders, and the City of Hampton to prepare to implement the plan upon the Army’s departure in three years.
Fort Monroe was first established as an Army installation in 1819. It was established as a National Historic Landmark in 1960. The property’s 570 acres include 40 acres of wetlands, 13 acres of beaches, and 20 acres of recreational areas. There are approximately 150 structures, including roughly 300 housing units, and some 1.5 million square feet of non-residential space. There also is a 332-slip marina.
More information on the fort, including the reuse plan, is available online at www.fmfada.com.