VA to control investigate of traffic, environmental concerns during Louisville sanatorium site

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will control a consummate investigate into a atmosphere quality, trade and other environmental effects of a due veterans sanatorium in eastern Jefferson County, according to a notice published Friday.

The organisation has finished dual reviews of a site nearby Brownsboro Road and a Watterson Expressway, where a new campus would reinstate a aging Robley Rex VA Medical Center on Zorn Avenue. The VA comparison a skill in 2011 and bought it a year later.

The VA expelled a rough environmental criticism late final year. But before a final chronicle could be complete, officials dynamic that a some-more endless investigate famous as an “environmental impact statement,” or EIS, was needed.

The notice in a Federal Register, a biography for U.S. supervision organisation actions, says a EIS is a “appropriate level” of support “for evaluating a intensity for inauspicious impacts from constructing and handling a deputy campus during a Brownsboro Site.”

The news website Insider Louisville reported progressing this week that a VA dictated to ready a EIS.

The VA purchased a site during 4906 Brownsboro Road from a association headed by Louisville financier and businessman Jonathan Blue. The $12.9 million sales cost was formed on an estimation in 2012 by a same appraiser who had valued a land during about $2 million reduction about dual years earlier.

In September, a VA’s examiner ubiquitous expelled a news that found a organisation might have overpaid for a site by $3 million.

The VA’s preference to control an EIS is a “right thing,” pronounced Eric Gunderson, a Louisville businessman who heads a organisation called Grow Smart Louisville that has against a VA’s suburban site.

“In terms of how it’s going to impact a whole plan —  I’m not certain it’s going to have an impact,” pronounced Gunderson, who favors a downtown site.

He pronounced a VA examiner general’s news and a agency’s preference to control a EIS “ought to vigilance to a village leaders that this is not a finished understanding and we still have a event to tell a VA that this site that they comparison is not a best site for veterans and not a best site for a village as a whole.”

Metro Councilwoman Angela Leet, R-7th District, who represents a area, prolonged has called for a full EIS. She pronounced a VA’s movement should have been taken years ago when a horde of intensity sites were underneath care and “before we overpaid for a property.”

“I’m undone since we consider they could have done improved decisions, and they’re wasting veterans’ time and taxpayers’ money,” she said.

Chris Poynter, orator for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, said: “This is a healthy step in a routine and a mayor looks brazen to saying a formula of that environmental impact study.”

A orator for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t immediately criticism after being contacted by WDRB News on Friday.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth —  who indicated in Sep that a VA examiner general’s news wasn’t adequate by itself to “warrant reconsideration” of a Brownsboro Road-area site — pronounced in a matter Friday that a VA is conducting a EIS “while relocating brazen with a altogether project.”

“This will hopefully residence a concerns from veterans about any serve delays, while also responding to a critical questions about a plcae lifted by members of a community,” Yarmuth said. “As I’ve pronounced before, we support a Brownsboro Road site preference as prolonged as a initial commentary are confirmed.”

The VA is seeking open submit on a range of a EIS. Comments will be supposed until Monday, Nov. 30 by visiting www.Louisville-EIS.com; emailing LouisvilleReplacementHospitalComments@va.gov; mailing to Robley Rex VAMC, Attn: Replacement VAMC Activation Team Office, 800 Zorn Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206.

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