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Homes at Monroe up for discussion
Two March meetings on housing plans at historic post are open to the public
By David Macaulay, firstname.lastname@example.org | 247-7838
HAMPTON ó A controversial proposal to convert a historic property at Fort Monroe into hundreds of apartments is to be considered by the executive committee of the Fort Monroe Authority on March 1.
HRI Properties of New Orleans has proposed 192 new units concentrating on historic Building #5 within the moat.
Of those, 100 units would be classified as affordable homes with rents ranging from $385 a month to $675. Only 10 would be in $385 to $497 range, under the Virginia Housing and Development Agency's (VHDA) low-income housing tax credit program.
A proposal for more than 400 units came under fire last week from the Hampton City Council which objected to homes at Building #5 and at the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) complex.
Jerry Moore, the authority's director of real estate, said this week the proposal has been narrowed to exclude TRADOC.
Terrie Suit, who chairs the Fort Monroe Authority board, said Wednesday the executive committee will consider the proposal on March 1. Although no final decision will be made then, the committee will decide whether it progresses to the authority's next full board meeting on March 24.
The executive committee meeting will be held at 11 a.m. at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in Williamsburg. Both meetings are open to the public. A public comments section is included in the board meeting and public comments may be heard at the executive committee meeting at to the chairman's discretion.
Suit was unable to comment on the proposal pointing out that board members are yet to see it.
She said the working relationship between the authority and the city of Hampton remains "very good" pointing to legislation they are working on to get a bill through the General Assembly to ensure the city is reimbursed for services.
"We are working together to make sure we are joined at the hip," she said. Suit said bringing investment to Monroe's historic buildings is one of the biggest challenges the authority faces.
While FMA staff are yet to take a formal stance on the proposal, support has been expressed for the HRI proposal.
John Hutcheson, the authority's director of operations, said Building #5 originally had a residential use before it became offices. "That's what we are supposed to be doing, an adaptive reuse that will return a building to its original use."
But the city council said the 445-unit housing plan was a "potential threat" to the creation of a National Park at Monroe. Hutcheson disagreed saying there is housing at some other national parks.