By DAVE McMILLION
FORT RITCHIE - Federal and state officials signed an agreement Thursday that is designed save historic buildings at Fort Ritchie after the U.S. Army leaves next October.
The agreement protects buildings such as Lakeside Hall, with its towering stone fireplace and vaulted ceiling, the Castle and the "finger buildings," a string of small stone buildings connected by a common hallway, said Robert Sweeney, executive director of the PenMar Development Corp., the private-public agency that will lead efforts to redevelop the base when the Army leaves.
The agreement does not mean that the buildings can never be destroyed, Sweeney said.
Any of the buildings could be dismantled if a structural problem should arise, officials said. A building also could be torn down should there be an environmental contamination problem involving the structure, Sweeney said.