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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE US DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Northport VA Medical Center/New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in accordance with 38 U.S.C. Sec. 8161, et. seq., provides notice of a public hearing to present VA s proposal and receive views on an Enhanced-Use Lease (EUL) project at Northport VA Medical Center (VAMC). The VAMC proposes to establish an EUL for affordable Assisted Living housing for eligible Veterans on a priority basis and eligible non-Veterans, on an approximately 20.67 acre parcel of land that extends from the main gate to the rear gate of the facility.

HEARING DATE AND TIME:
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. (EST)

HEARING LOCATION:
Auditorium, Northport VA Medical Center
First Floor of Building 5
79 Middleville Road
Northport, New York 11731
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IDENTIFICATION OF PROPERTY TO BE LEASED: The Northport VAMC is located at 79 Middleville Road in Northport, New York. The campus consists of approximately 260 acres. The targeted EUL site on the VAMC campus consists of approximately 20.67 acres of land located on the north east portion of the property. Utilities are located near the proposed site.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED USE OF THE PROPERTY: The proposed use of the property is to provide affordable assisted living housing for eligible Veterans on a priority basis and eligible non-Veterans. The project would improve Veterans quality of life by providing those in need with assisted living housing and better access to VA health care services. It also would benefit VA by reducing its operational costs at the VAMC campus.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED LEASE: Using VA s Enhanced-Use Leasing authority, VA plans to lease the site to a selected lessee for a term of up to 75 years. The lessee would develop, operate, and maintain the VA property for the proposed use. In exchange for the EUL, VA would seek to obtain rent, and/or in-kind consideration from the lessee. Such in-kind consideration likely would include priority placement for Veterans seeking occupancy into the housing units, and assisted living housing and related services to Veterans.

The public is invited to attend the hearing and encouraged to submit comments on the proposed enhanced-use lease project in writing prior to the hearing to:

Philip Weisbroat (137)
Facility Planner
Northport VA Medical Center
79 Middleville Road
Northport, NY 11768

--- Regards, Walt Schmidt