Army’s Sudden Transfer of Ft. Monroe Property Alarms LRA

The Army unexpectedly transferred 313 acres at the former Fort Monroe on Thursday to the site’s LRA, leaving a series of unanswered questions regarding the ongoing environmental cleanup, the border of the property reverting to Virginia and other matters.

The Army and state officials had been discussing for more than a year the terms of how the Army would transfer the portion of the 570-acre post slated to revert to the commonwealth. The negotiations were intended to resolve who is responsible for the cleanup, long-term building maintenance, and the transfer of utilities and roads, reported the Daily Press.

Last week’s transfer still leaves those questions up in the air, according to officials with the state and the Fort Monroe Authority.

Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, said the Army has addressed all environmental concerns on the parcel it conveyed, according to the story. The Army will continue to clean up acreage it still retains that it plans to hand over to the authority.

In February, the Daily Press reported that a dispute over the value of the parcels that the state would be required to purchase from the Army had held up negotiations between the two parties. About 375 acres of the historic post — located on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton — are subject to revert to Virginia. The LRA is applying for an economic development conveyance from the Army to obtain the remainder.

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