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Developer proposes housing at Va's Fort Monroe

Sunday - 2/12/2012, 7:46pm  ET

HAMPTON, Va. - A developer and Virginia's housing agency are proposing a large-scale residential project be built in the center of historic Fort Monroe, but Hampton city officials oppose the plan.

HRI Properties and the Virginia Housing Development Authority presented the $30 million proposal at a recent City Council work session. The plan would bring 445 multi-family homes to an office building on the parade ground within Fort Monroe's moat, as well as to the current U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command complex outside the moat.

The Daily Press ( http://bit.ly/fmoQxC) reports that Hampton officials oppose the development because it would conflict with efforts to create jobs and plans for a National Park Service presence there.

City Manager Mary Bunting said HRI has an impressive track record, but that the proposal involves the "crown jewels" of Fort Monroe.

The Fort Monroe Authority board will determine whether the project advances.

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Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com


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