Letter: To Mr. Donald Smithburg, Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer, LSU Health Care Services Division
Dear Mr. Smithburg:
First, let me thank you for your continued leadership at the Louisiana State University Health Care Services Division. I commend you for your service to the state as well as LSU.
I write today on behalf of the veterans of Louisiana. Let me be clear that I am not opposed to collaboration between LSU and the Veterans Administration. To the contrary, I fully expect LSU and Tulane to continue their partnerships with the VA with regard to medical education, training, and research.
However, it has been brought to my attention that there are approximately 190 private property owners whose private land is included within the proposed LSU-VA medical complex site. Further, it is my understanding that neither the State of Louisiana nor LSU has made firm arrangements to gain clear title of this land.
I respectfully ask you to consider the points below and provide me with clarification as soon as possible.
· When will LSU present its formal business plan for the proposed collaborative?
· How does the State plan to acquire clear title to the private properties included within the proposed area?
· If there are delays in title clearance, how will LSU proceed?
· If there are those who refuse to sell or relocate, do you plan to expropriate the property?
· Since the initial $74 million approved for the collaborative is anticipated to be funded through CDBG, will duplication of benefits requirements apply, thereby minimizing the value paid to the homeowner?
Again, I appreciate your consideration of these questions, and I look forward to your timely response.