Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center seeks input on senior housing

The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center will hold a public hearing next week on a proposal to renovate a vacant building on its Uptown Division campus for senior and assisted-living patients.

 

The VA will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday in its Uptown Division Auditorium, 1 Freedom Way. The proposal concerns Building 18, near the front of the campus close to Wrightsboro Road and directly behind the bus stop. The Enhanced-Use Lease Project would put 40 senior and assisted-living beds there in a good location for them, interim spokeswoman Robin Brown said.

“They’ll have easy access” to the bus line, she said. The historic building, built in 1913, had been used as a domiciliary but has not been in use since 2006. The building would require minimal renovations and is part of a VA effort to get better use out of its properties, according to a VA news release.

“It seems like it would be great,” Brown said. “We have such a growing population of senior veterans.”

Another proposal to renovate a vacant building in another part of the Uptown Division to be used as transitional housing for homeless veterans is also proceeding, Brown said.

The VA is encouraging comments and questions to be submitted before Tuesday’s hearing to: Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (Uptown Division) (00P), 1 Freedom Way, Augusta, GA 30409, or by e-mail to robin.brown5@va.gov.

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