A reader emailed us a release from the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein making it very clear that the Senator has no intention of letting anything non-Veteran related be built on the West LA Veteran Affairs Medical Center. The VA has been the subject of controversy for years as neighbors rallied against the possibility of dense development being placed on the site. The Senator managed to squeeze a provision into the $94.3 billion FY 2007 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs spending package
that disallows non-VA related development on the site without approval from the Committees on Appropriations.
“This 387-acre property has a unique national status that is the result of significant protections that were put in place to ensure the land is used to directly benefit veterans,” Senator Feinstein said. “I believe it is crucial that the VA develop a master plan for the site and that no portion of the plan that does not relate exclusively to direct veterans services be permitted without Congressional approval.” The VA land is one of the last remaining vestiges of large open space on the west side. We're not sure if this will finally put this issue to rest, but it shouldhold off development for awhile.
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