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Bullitt County judge executive wants county to donate land for new VA Hospital

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bullitt County's judge executive wants the county to donate land to host the construction of a new VA Hospital.

Bullitt County Judge Executive Melanie Roberts plans to make a motion at the Dec. 20 Fiscal Court meeting to donate 42 acres of property owned by Bullitt County for that purpose.

"My administration is, and always has been, a staunch advocate of veterans' affairs," Roberts said in a written statement. "Bullitt County would welcome this facility as a way to show our utmost support for the ones who have sacrificed so much to keep our home free."

In recent weeks, a group of activists has lobbied for the new hospital to be built in west Louisville. And Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said he isn't set on recent plans to build the new hospital in east Louisville.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid $13 million for the land off Brownsboro Road near the Watterson Expressway. But some neighbors are fighting to block construction.

"It's all about the traffic," Irene Yearger said. "They can't handle it now."

In a letter to the VA responding to an environmental impact study, Mayor Fischer gave feedback on what he feels would be best for veteran care. He cited problems with the current location, including traffic congestion, high utility costs and transportation issues for veterans. 

"It's our thought that we will continue to move forward with this location until something tells us otherwise," said Martin Traxler, director of the VA Medial Center.

Mayor Fischer says the city has other sites worthy of the VA's consideration.

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