A provision directing the Army to convey a 70-acre parcel at Fort Monroe that is separate from the acreage at the historic post already reverting to the commonwealth of Virginia was dropped from the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill.
The language from the House version of the annual policy bill possibly could have forced the Army to transfer the tract to the Fort Monroe Authority at no cost, eliminating the need for lengthy negotiations over the terms of a transfer. LRA officials reached out to the state’s congressional delegation earlier this year to speed up those discussions.
In their joint explanatory statement accompanying the legislation, the House and Senate Armed Services committees noted that the LRA is preparing an economic development conveyance application to submit to the Army for the parcel.
“We expect that continued active dialogue between both parties will result in a compromise for the timely conveyance of the remaining parcels at Fort Monroe to the Fort Monroe Authority,” the statement said.
In June, the Army transferred 313 acres at the site that had been slated to revert to the state.
President Obama signed the defense authorization bill into law on Dec. 26. The text of the legislation is available on the House Armed Services Committee website.