first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR While the Fort Monroe Authority remains in negotiations with the Army over the transfer of the historic post, the LRA’s executive director on Thursday proposed several major projects that would enhance the site located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay.The installation, which was designated a national monument by President Obama in November 2011, needs a proper visitors center, Executive Director Glenn Oder told the authority’s board. Oder suggested using the 106-year-old library building, but acknowledged it would require extensive retrofitting to make it accessible, reported the Daily Press.Oder also proposed renovating the Fort Monroe Theatre to provide more space for equipment in the backstage area. A third project would improve the property’s park by adding a series of walkways that lead to a stage or performing arts center. Oder envisioned the site as the setting for the 400-year commemoration of the first documented landing of indentured or enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America.The goal behind creating “Arrival Park” and the other projects extends beyond the 2019 commemoration at Fort Monroe, he emphasized.In addition to dealing with issues surrounding the property transfer, the authority continues to address zoning and work on getting utilities connected to all buildings. Those tasks should be completed in 2016, according to the story.last_img

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