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Monroe homes plan to be discussed
By David Macaulay, email@example.com | 247-7838
11:05 a.m. EST, February 28, 2011
HAMPTON – A proposal to convert historic buildings at Fort Monroe into apartments will be discussed Tuesday by the executive committee of the Fort Monroe Authority.
HRI Properties wants to reuse historic structures to create 192 apartments, concentrating on Building #5 within the moat and some smaller buildings.
The proposal has sparked opposition from Hampton City Council whose members want to see the building used for an economic development purpose. Although the city's opposition related to an earlier HRI plan for more than 400 units inside the moat and at Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) complex, council members say the Building #5 proposal could be incompatible with a move to create a National Park at Fort Monroe.
Of the 192 apartments, 100 units would be classified as affordable homes with rents ranging from $385 a month to $675. Ten would be in the $385 to $497 range, under the Virginia Housing and Development Agency's (VHDA) low-income housing tax credit program.
VHDA has confirmed an application has been submitted by HRI. Jim Chandler, VHDA's director of low income tax credits said there's no guarantee the project will qualify for tax credits.
"There's a lot of competition," he said.
The city's opposition will also affect the chances of the HRI development receiving tax credits because of the scoring system used.
The FMA executive committee meeting will be held at 11 a.m. at Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center, 310 South England Street, Williamsburg.
A public comment session is on the agenda.
FMA chairman Terrie Suit said recently the executive committee would decide if the application will pass on to the FMA board for a vote.
The FMA board is due to meet on March 24 at 1 p.m. at the Bay Breeze Community Center at Fort Monroe.
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THE HRI PROPOSAL
The developer, HRI Properties, wants to adaptively reuse Building #5, a one time barracks and some smaller buildings within the moat to create 192 apartments. Of these 100 would be affordable homes.
Some existing parking spaces on the parade ground would be removed and much of the parking for the housing would be outside the moat.