LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The renderings are far from final. But they are the closest that the Department of Veterans Affairs has gotten to growing a 10 years old seed yielded from a 20-year-old need.
"This new Medical Center is designed to offer care well into the next 50 years," Robley Rex Medical Center Director Martin Traxler said.
The proposed campus, located directly off of the Brownsboro Road exit to the Watterson Expressway or Interstate 264, calls for a $900 million campus covering about 1 million square feet. The building will be a 104-bed hospital with out-patient medical treatment.
Some structures, including parking facilities, are six stories tall.
"It's not the issue of not in my backyard, " Irene Yeager, a resident of adjoining Grantham Court for 19 years, said. "Yes, it is in my backyard. But I'm not a NIMBY."
She wasn't buying the findings of an Environmental Impact Study, the draft of which concludes that no more than 2,000 of those spaces would be filled most days, and that traffic would be no greater than if the site housed offices and shops similar to those adjoining the property.
"The school system should be livid because they're gonna be backed up, " Yeager said. "They're not gonna be able to get their vehicles in and out."
The larger issue, project Manager George Odorizzi conceded, is that the VA has committed roughly $30 million to the project in buying the land and developing designs and studies.
And the deal is far from done.
"The law requires us to go through and satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act," Odorizzi said, citing the EIS commissioned in March 2015. "(Building it) presumes availability of funding which would be something that needs to be appropriated in a future budget year."