Guest Editorial – Grow Smart Louisville (9/21/12)
In July the Department of Veterans Affairs announced they had completed the purchase of property located off Brownsboro Road to build a new medical center for our deserving veterans.
Many believe that the building of the medical center on this site is now imminent. It is not.
Concerned citizens recently formed Grow Smart Louisville to educate the community on the different phases of development for the purpose of creating the most positive outcome for all parties involved.
Our first initiative is to delay the advancement of the VA Medical Center off Brownsboro Road.
We strongly believe it is in the best interests of the veterans and the community as a whole that it be built downtown adjacent to the University Hospital.
• The downtown site will enhance the medical campus with room for growth, recruitment of top talent, shared resources and increased opportunities to earn federal research grants - leading to the best possible care for veterans and civilians.
• The downtown site is more accessible for veterans, their families, doctors and emergency vehicles. And with three major highways, ten exit and entrance ramps, multiple secondary streets and the VA required 2,400 space parking garage, the downtown site will be far more convenient than the current selected site.
• The downtown site has the infrastructure and capacity to inspire economic development in surrounding areas leading to additional tax income for the city.
Our veterans deserve better. If you agree, please visit GrowSmartLouisville.org to show your support.
I'm Eric Gunderson and that's my Point of View.