Voice Your Support of Enhanced Use Leases

November 9, 2015 by Genell Scheurell

We have some exciting news to share about the future of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home's vacant buildings: On December 2nd, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a public hearing about returning its historic buildings to the service of veterans through Enhanced Use Leases. At this time, we believe Enhanced Use Leases are the most promising way to restore the District's vacant buildings.

We need your help!
Please plan to attend the Enhanced Use Lease public hearing and let other interested parties know about the meeting on:

Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m.
at Clement J. Zablocki VAMC's Matousek Auditorium
5000 West National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53295
Click here to view the public notice

If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you can submit written feedback to:

Clement J. Zablocki VAMC
EUL Public Hearing C/O Brian Walker
5000 West National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53295

About Enhanced Use Leases
The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Milwaukee Preservation Alliance are committed to seeing the Milwaukee Soldiers Home National Historic Landmark District's vacant buildings restored and returned to the service of veterans and believe that, at this time, the Enhanced Use Lease (or EUL) is one of the most promising options to do so.

At this time, the Department of Veterans Affairs is looking at Enhanced Use Leases for Building 2 (Old Main), Building 1 (Administration Building), Building 14 (Catholic Chaplains Quarters), and Buildings 18, 19, and 62 (Personal Quarters Buildings); allowing them to be leased out long-term to outside parties to be rehabilitated. With EULs, leased buildings must be used to provide housing for veterans who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness.

The December 2nd public hearing in Milwaukee is designed to explain the proposed leases. After the public hearing, the V.A. will release formal Requests for Proposals to interested outside parties.

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