Beaufort County Considering Voice Of America Site

Beaufort County is considering a deal that would give them nearly 3,000 acres of land, for free.

Commissioners met Friday morning to approve the initial steps in them acquiring the Voice Of America property off Cherry Run Road.

Known as VOA Site A, the 2,822 acre location hasn't been used since 2006.

The National Park Service now owns the land, and wants the county to respond within 15 days.

Initial plans would be for the county to turn the property into a park for recreation and trails. They could also construct a lake.

But the big cost may be in removing some 100 radio towers on the property that were used to beam government broadcasts halfway around the world during the Cold War.

Commissioners approved the county manager to further research the plan, and then a final vote on the idea is expected next month.

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