Friday, March 28, 2008

Dispute over new St. Albans VA

Queens veterans are protesting plans to build a high-tech VA medical center in St. Albans - and let a developer lease nearby acres they say should remain for veterans only.

Vets hit the warpath over land plan

Plans call for the 231-bed facility at 179th St. and Linden Blvd. to be demolished and replaced by a 221-bed center, while the developer leases 25 of 55 acres at the VA-operated site, said agency spokesman Raymond Aalbue.

Veterans are outraged the VA denied their repeated requests for a hospice and women's residences, while letting a developer decide how to use the extra land.

They are set to rally against the plan on Saturday morning.

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