Lincoln VA gets green light to redevelope

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

Press Release:

Thursday, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that Secretary Robert McDonald has signed and approved the Enhanced Use Lease program (EUL) with a provision dissolving current lease restrictions. By signing the agreement, the VA Campus in Lincoln can now be redeveloped to better serve Nebraska’s veterans.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and her staff have worked for months with local stakeholders and the Department of Veterans Affairs to secure this agreement and allow the Lincoln VA project to move forward. Senator Fischer released the following statement:

“After months of hard work from many stakeholders, we have secured a final agreement to allow the redevelopment of the Lincoln VA to continue. Delays and outdated requirements threatened this project, even as the final negotiations were underway. Today’s announcement is a victory for Nebraska’s veterans and our community in Lincoln, who have waited patiently for this project to proceed. I would like to thank Secretary McDonald and his staff for working with our stakeholders in Nebraska to resolve this issue and for their continued dedication to our veterans.”

In January 2016, Senator Fischer sent a letter to Secretary McDonald, asking him to engage with stakeholders to resolve the problems that were preventing the redevelopment of the Lincoln VA campus. Last-minute requirements and a failure to engage with Nebraska developers had put this project in jeopardy. Today’s announcement removes the land lease requirement and will allow the redevelopment of the VA campus in Lincoln to continue.