United States Sen. Deb Fischer has written Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, asking him to resolve issues holding up the re-development of the Lincoln VA campus.
Fischer says new federal regulations have stalled an already prolonged process.
“The VA’s last-minute requirements and failure to engage with Nebraska developers has really put this project in jeopardy,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters in a conference call.
America First Real Estate Group, Seniors Foundation, and Sampson Construction have been in negotiations for four years to turn the 60-acre campus into rental units for veterans and senior citizens. Fischer says negotiations stalled late last year after the federal government made new requirements.
“If these issues cannot be resolved, Nebraska veterans are going to be denied the benefits of this important project,” according to Fischer
Lincoln is slated to get a new VA clinic.
Fischer says that if the old VA campus isn’t developed, it could cost the Veterans Administration a million dollars a year just to maintain it.
Click here to read the letter.