Army trims 8 stories from Fort Lee hotel

Associated Press Writer

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - A 15-story hotel proposed for Fort Lee has been reduced to seven stories, in part because of homeland security concerns.

The redesigned hotel, however, will still contain 1,000 rooms for military students who will report to Fort Lee every week by the thousands under a vast, $1.4 billion expansion of the base.

Pete Isaacs of the Army's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command said Wednesday several factors went into the design decision to reduce the height of the hotel, including fears it could be a target rising from the flat expanse of the base.

Those other concerns include fire and safety response to a high-rise hotel.

The hotel is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

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