Newington, Connecticut Enhanced-Use Lease Questions and Answers
A new survey will be completed in the near future but not before the RFP due date. The new survey is expected to be completed following the selection of a Preferred Developer.
Approvals for this project are the same as for a similar type projects located on private lands. Preferred developer/lessee shall comply with applicable Federal, State, and local requirements including land use, zoning, building permits, certificates of occupancy, licensing etc.
Each developer is responsible for conducting their own due diligence on market data. The ratio of assisted living to community living beds will not be evaluation criteria. Developers must determine the appropriate mix based on their independent market study.
VA does not anticipate extending the response due date at this time.
There is an older Phase I report but it is no longer accurate. A new Phase I is to be conducted prior to the selected developer signing the initial EUL agreement. There are currently no known environmental issues on the EUL site.
The term of an EUL may be up to 75 years. A developer may propose fewer years if they believe it is mutually beneficial to them and VA.
No, this is up to the developer to determine.
No, however, eligible Veterans will have access to medical services currently provided on the Newington VA Medical Center (VAMC).
Yes, this combination of continuum of care housing facilities is VA’s preference but developers should propose what they believe the market will support.
The facility must comply with State of Connecticut and local regulations.
VA’s preference is to have the facility be affordable to Veterans with limited income but VA realizes the developer must rely on financing and available financing options may drive the cost point for the facility occupants.
No, the campus does not appear to be eligible for listing in the National Historic Register. This requirement should be confirmed with the state historic preservation office; but, the proposed facility must be aesthetically compatible and acceptable to the current architecture of the VAMC.
There are several options. Developers should review the information available on the VA’s EUL website at http://www.va.gov/AssetManagement/faqs/eulProjectFinancingInformationFaq.asp and conduct their own research and inquiries.
No, but VA has a program called Aid & Attendance that may be applicable. For information about benefit programs for Veterans such as aid & attendance and housebound benefits, go to http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/pension/vetpen.htm#7.
No. The current RFP requests proposals for the development of an Assisted Living and/or Community Living Center facility. Interested developers should be aware that there is currently a moratorium on licensing of additional Medicaid funded nursing home beds in the state of Connecticut. Developers may still propose building and operating a Community Living facility (nursing home) but they must comply with the Connecticut statute in effect at the time. The full text of the statute can be found at: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/pub/chap319y.htm#Sec17b-354.htm.
It is the responsibility of the selected developer to pay for the new installation of utility lines and connections to service the EUL site. The utilities shall be separately metered. Access to public utilities may be available to the parcel; however use of VA utilities (by separate meter) is preferred for gas and sanitary sewer. The offeror would need to access existing telephone, fiber optics, municipal water, and electric utilities. The offerors proposed development concept must include a plan for providing utilities and infrastructure needs to the EUL site without disrupting current operations of the VA Newington campus.
Yes. In accordance with the pertinent provisions of the EUL Statute (i.e., 38 U.S.C. § 8167), the offeror will be subject to any and all applicable State and local taxes, fees, assessments, and special assessments legally chargeable to the EUL during the EUL term, to include the offeror’s leasehold interest, and the Offeror’s underlying improvements. However, neither VA’s interest in the EUL nor the United States’ fee interest in the underlying property shall be subject, directly or indirectly, to any State or local laws relative to taxation, fees, assessments or special assessments.
The Newington VAMC does have a Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) office on-site; so residents should have easier access to VBA staff to answer questions. However, the application process will be the same for all Veterans.
HUD — VASH vouchers are managed at the local level by the local housing authority. The local housing authority will review applications for project-based HUD — VASH vouchers on a case by case basis. Additional information and guidance can be found at: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv/vash.
The offeror may propose using either the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes, or an ANSI-certified equivalent sustainability rating system. VA requires that the project obtain a minimum of either LEED Silver, Two Green Globes or equivalent certification by their respective rating organizations. However, VA encourages innovative thinking in terms of sustainability over and above the current EUL standards found in the VA Sustainable Design Manual.