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Congress Holds Hearing in Washington

February 1999

As officials at the Gettysburg National Military Park are still working on revisions to the general management plan and a non-profit foundation buys land for a new visitor center, the House of Representatives subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands held a hearing on the controversial plan.

Chairman James Hansen and his committee heard testimony from project supporters including Park Service Deputy Director Denis Galvin and York commercial developer Robert Kinsley.  Critics speaking against the proposal included Gettysburg Borough Councilman Ted Streeter and Dr. Walter Powell, Gettysburg Borough's Historic Preservation Director.

As part of a proposed public/private partnership, York developer Robert Kinsley signed a letter of intent with the park service in July to build the $40 million visitors center on 47 acres of land at Baltimore Pike and Hunt Avenue.

The project is to be funded with $27.4 million in grants and donations and a mortgage of $11.9 million.  According to the letter of intent, the center and museum will be donated to the National Park Service within twenty years.   If the mortgage is paid earlier, the transfer of ownership will be sooner.

Once the general management plan if finalized, it will be printed and distributed to everyone who submitted formal comments regarding the project.   A report also will be printed containing all of the formal comments and the park service's responses to the comments.

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