The bidding process has begun for the construction of a new Veterans Affairs medical center in Jefferson County to replace the existing Robley Rex facility.
The Army Corp of Engineers is soliciting bids for companies to take on the project through Feb. 23, spokesperson Shatara Riis said. That date could be extended, she added.
July is the target date for awarding the contract, according to Riis.
A request for proposals for the project is live on the agency’s website and includes details for the location.
The new facility will include a 104-bed hospital, a parking structure that will fit approximately 2,600 cars and a central utility plant, according to the listing.
It describes the current facility off Zorn Avenue as “constrained by physical topography and existing infrastructure that cannot be improved without significant adverse impact to ongoing delivery of healthcare and which cannot support delivery of modern healthcare.”
Sen. Mitch McConnell said in December 2019 the final $410 million necessary to build the new facility would be included in the federal funding agreement for fiscal year 2020.
The VA announced plans to build a new medical center more than a decade ago and chose a farmland site off Brownsboro Road along the Watterson Expressway as the new location in 2017.
That choice sparked controversy, including a lawsuit filed by the city of Crossgate to block construction of the facility and comments from leaders such as Sen. Rand Paul and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer urging the VA to consider other locations.
The VA previously agreed not to proceed with construction without notifying Crossgate to afford time for the plaintiffs to seek an injunction, according to court records. Crossgate Mayor Kirk Hilbrecht did not immediately return a request for comment about the start of the bidding process.