Author Topic: Urban Construction Update - October 2012  (Read 5090 times)

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Re: Urban Construction Update - October 2012
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2012, 04:09:30 PM »
Why no fences at the existing location?



Also, when the VA moves, what will happen with the existing building and parking garage?
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Re: Urban Construction Update - October 2012
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2012, 10:42:56 PM »
This has been a bone of contention for some time, the building never belonged to the VA, it's actually a lease of Shand's Property. Probably for competitive reasons, the VA cafe was boarded up, and the Post Exchange non existent. The building is in very poor condition and will need major renovation for any reuse. The parking garage is in worse shape, there are giant steel band aids patched into the 2 halves anywhere the cracks have grown to pothole size, most of the support posts are cracked all the way through and they too are 'tied' to the concrete beams with a patchwork of big bolted steel. I would think a much better use could be found by doing a complete demolition of both structures and replacing them with something more inviting.

The new VA will have all of whistles and bells that the other major VA centers have, and it will be VA property. We have the fastest growing VA clinic in the nation and one of the largest populations of Veterans. So where does the VA put the hospitals? Gainesville and Lake City, I understand the Gainesville clinic is in a teaching and research hospital, but LAKE CITY? REALLY?

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Re: Urban Construction Update - October 2012
« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2012, 09:39:55 AM »
^ That has boggled me for quite some time.  Sounds like Lake City did some serious politickin to land it.


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Re: Urban Construction Update - October 2012
« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2012, 10:11:34 AM »
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Re: Urban Construction Update - October 2012
« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2012, 10:32:57 AM »
Sweet!
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