Health & Medicine

New VA care center not in funding cycle this year or next

A new care center proposed for the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Leestown Road apparently is still years away, VA officials say.

The plan for the new state-of-the art clinical facility, which would be built on the southeastern part of the VA's 135-acre Leestown campus, grew out a series of public meetings and work by a local advisory panel a few years ago to find ways to make the Leestown location more efficient.

VA officials said in 2007 that under the "best possible scenario," construction at Leestown might start about 2014, if the project got priority and funding was approved in 2010.

But Lexington VA spokeswoman Desti Stimes said that now, the Leestown project is not in the VA funding cycle for either this year or next year.

Design work for Leestown wouldn't begin until funding is approved, she said.

Existing facilities on the Leestown campus date back to the 1930s.