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Bullitt County trying to lure VA Hospital project away from east Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bullitt County is making a play to lure the proposed Veterans Administration Hospital away from Louisville's east end. 

Bullitt County Judge Executive Melanie Roberts made a motion Tuesday morning in Fiscal Court to donate 42 acres of county-owned land to host the new VA Hospital.

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

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

Now Bullitt County says it would welcome the project. Roberts says it would be a way to support veterans. Some veterans we spoke with were in favor of locating the new hospital in Bullitt County. 

"The Louisville area is just too crowded, there's too much competition and too much argument going on," said Larry Coy who served in the Air Force in Vietnam. "We've got a perfect spot out here, traffic would be a lot easier to handle, there's easy access from 65. It would just be the ideal space for it."

Roberts says construction needs to begin soon.

"It's time -- it's way past time. The veterans should not have to wait any longer, and we're happy that we have the land to give," Roberts said. 

Just because the motion was approved by Bullitt County fiscal court, doesn't mean the new VA hospital will go there.

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