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San Francisco VA invites public to comment on environmental effects of its development plan

The San Francisco VA Health Care System, home to the largest funded research program in VA, is planning to open a new research building as part of a long-planned expansion of the entire medical center, writes the San Francisco Examiner.

According to the Examiner, about $300 million in federal funding has already been approved for the research building and the seismic retrofitting of four other buildings at the site. Construction on the new research building is scheduled to begin in 2016.

A draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the facility's Long Range Development Plan, which includes both projects, was released in March 2015. The EIS addresses potential construction, operation, and cumulative impacts including air quality, noise, traffic, and parking concerns. The Examiner describes parking as a "hot-button" issue for the facility and nearby residents.

A 60-day public comment period on the EIS concluded on May 8, 2015.

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