CAVHCS to hold public meeting

MONTGOMERY, AL., -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) will be holding a Public Meeting to facilitate discussion and hear the public's views on a proposed Enhanced-Use Lease (EUL) of Building 62 on the Tuskegee Campus.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the CAVHCS building on Tuskegee's Campus at 2400 Hospital Road Tuskegee, AL 36083 (Building 90).

As part of the initial steps in the process for entering into an Enhanced-Use Lease VA seeks to enter into a long-term lease (up to 75 years) of a building (Building 62) consisting of approximately 79,000 square feet, for a lessee's development and operation of a transitional housing facility. The Unit is expected to serve eligible homeless veterans on a priority basis. Under the terms of the proposed EUL, the lessee will be required to finance, design, develop, renovate, construct, equip, furnish, operate, and maintain the unit in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and requirements. In return for the EUL, the lessee will be required to provide VA with "fair consideration" as determined by the Secretary, which is to be in the form of negotiated cash and/or "in-kind" consideration. At the end of the lease term, the leased property and the underlying improvements will revert to VA.

The public is invited to attend the hearing and are encouraged to submit comments on the proposed EUL project in writing prior to the hearing to:

Shirley Bealer: Interim Director/Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, 215 Perry Hill Road Montgomery, AL 36109.