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Submitted by on 1, December 11, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

Thanks to the folks at HOMES for letting us know that the Navy and the Department of Veterans Affairs are holding a public meeting to discuss the proposed transfer of 549 acres of the former Naval Air Station to the VA for an outpatient clinic, inpatient community hospital, offices and a columbarium. And just to note, I shot a quick email to the city and I understand there’s a long way to go before the land transfer happens.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. next Thursday, December 18 on the USS Hornet, 707 West Ranger Avenue, Pier 3. The public is invited to submit comments orally or in writing.

Per the official government announcement:

The purpose of this meeting is to provide the general public, interested stakeholders, affected governmental agencies and other interested parties timely information regarding the proposed action of VA and the Navy relative to the 549-acre transfer parcel, and to solicit relevant input regarding the environmental review process and any potential impacts in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Navy and VA are currently preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA).

According to the announcement, they’re proposing a federal-to-federal transfer of land at the base so the VA can build a 107,000-square-foot outpatient clinic, a 53-acre columbarium cemetery, a 250,000-square-foot community inpatient hospital and 180,000 square feet of office space on 113 acres of the land.

The VA requested the land, which had been slated for a wildlife refuge, in November 2006; earlier this year, the East Bay Business Times reported that the VA was in early talks with Alameda Hospital to build a new hospital on the base.

Alternatives to this plan include construction of a cemetery on the land and an outpatient clinic elsewhere on the base, construction of a cemetery on the land and an outpatient clinic at a site in Oakland, or no action.

For more information, click here or contact Larry Janes at the VA, (707) 562-8330 or larry.janes@va.gov; or Patrick McCay at the Navy, (619) 532-0906 or patrick.mccay@navy.mil.

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