A New Urbanist Future for Fort Monroe

Good news from Fort Monroe: Preliminary designs under evaluation by Hampton’s Federal Area Development Authority envision a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly future after the military based is closed. According to the Times-Dispatch’s Andrew Petkofsky, the three plans under consideration differ “only in the size and density of the village that would center on the pre-Civil War fort structure and the historic buildings adjacent to it.”

Describing public hearings on the plans:

There was wide agreement that the fort property – essentially a golf-club-shaped island at the mouth of the Hampton Roads harbor – should be ungated and open to the public, and that it should also include a large, open park, public beaches and a waterfront walkway.

The project should include new development within strict limits and should generate enough revenue through commerce, housing and tourism to eventually offset maintenance and operational costs, Dover said. He predicted that Fort Monroe’s unusual waterfront location would make residential housing a major source of revenue.

“Housing is probably one of the strongest pillars in this mixed-used temple,” Dover said. “It’s a unique-enough environment that you can insist on the very best.”

(Photo credit: Ocean View Station Museum.)

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4 responses to “A New Urbanist Future for Fort Monroe”

  1. James Atticus Bowden Avatar
    James Atticus Bowden

    Offset maintenance and operational costs for what?

  2. Jim Bacon Avatar
    Jim Bacon

    Maintaining the historic structures, I would presume.

  3. James Atticus Bowden Avatar
    James Atticus Bowden

    Careful, we talking about Hampton City government here. Assume nothing. Question everything.

    Maintaining the historic structures as museums or what? If someone buys the Commanding General’s home then they maintain it. If businesses open in the old academic buildings (now offices) of the Coast Artillery school then they maintain it. There is a Protestant chapel that a church, not the city would maintain.

    You have to look closely at every money making scheme that Hampton has pursued for the past 20 years with public money to see why extreme caution and open-minded skepticism is encouraged.

  4. Anonymous Avatar

    I’ll bet dollars to donuts that affordable housing is not a part of this development proposal.

    We all talk about affordable housing in the abstract, but when it comes to develop, those options fade and we all (government and private sector alike) look for the highest return on investment which of course is high dollar residential and high end office/commercial.

    And who can blame Hampton? Thanks to our inane system of local government, they cannot annex and thus are landlocked for new revenue sources sot this development has to generate positive economic impact to the budget line.

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