2005 CPEO Installation Reuse Forum Archive

From: "lsiegel@cpeo.org" <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 18 Oct 2005 15:14:50 -0000
Reply: cpeo-irf
Subject: [CPEO-IRF] Ft. Monmouth reuse
Take broad view of fort's needs

Asbury Park Press (NJ)
October 18, 2005

The Fort Monmouth Reuse Committee's primary task is to form a regional
development authority to determine how to use the 1,100 acres of Fort
Monmouth if the Army post is closed as recommended by the Base Realignment
and Closure commission. It must stick to that task. It should not venture
beyond it by proposing or endorsing specific redevelopment plans for any
portion of the site.

The mothballing of the military base, which could become official with
congressional approval of the BRAC recommendations as early as this week,
will be painful for the fort's employees and the region's economy. But it
also presents opportunities.

It's important that the opportunities are not missed by proceeding
piecemeal without a well-thought out, comprehensive master plan for the
entire site. That plan should be developed by people with special expertise
in land-use and re-use planning. That means seeking out expertise from well
beyond the three towns that host the fort ? Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton


For the entire editorial, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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