From the Queens Chronicle:
The City Council’s Committee on Veterans as well as the full council last week unanimously passed a resolution supporting the desire of many lawmakers and veterans advocates that a full-service hospital be built at the St. Albans VA site rather than giving a portion of the land to a private developer.
The St. Albans project has been a source of controversy for years, with the VA believing that replacing the existing facilities with a new nursing home, psychosocial rehabilitation domiciliary and expanded outpatient facilities is the way to go, despite consistent opposition from many veterans.
Resolution 422-A calls upon the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to completely renovate and utilize the existing St. Albans Community Living Center to provide a full-service VA hospital with an emergency room, a primary and extended care facility for female veterans and a comprehensive treatment facility with domiciliary for homeless veterans.
When asked if the resolution has caused the VA to change its position on the development of the site, Jennifer Sammartino, a spokeswoman for the VA said Monday, “The VA continues to evaluate development plans for the St. Albans campus. It is an ongoing process.”
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Council says no to VA's development scheme
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Labels: hospital, St. Albans, veterans, zoning
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