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Fort Monroe group requests national park status
By Kate Wiltrout
The group that will manage Fort Monroe after the Army leaves voted Thursday to try to have certain sections of the post designated a unit of the National Park Service.
The board of the Fort Monroe development authority, a state-appointed entity, asked the state to work with Congress to pass legislation giving national park status to the historic fort, moat and outer works; Old Quarters No. 1; the radar station on the parapets; and Batteries Parrot and Irwin, according to a news release. The authority would manage and redevelop other areas according to a reuse plan.
It's not clear whether Congress and the park service will approve the plan.
Authority Chairman L. Preston Bryant Jr. said the move endorses "an expanded role for the National Park Service at Fort Monroe that also preserves the state's ownership of the property and adheres to Governor Kaine's goals that we respect Fort Monroe's history, keep it open to the public, maintain open space, and make it as economically sustainable as possible."
The Army is scheduled to leave the fort in 2011 as part of the most recent round of military base closings.