Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Close Call For The Emerald Necklace

Jamaica Plain Citizen 1946

Project Here Scheduled For Olmstead(sic) Park Site

The Veteran's Administration and the Federal Board of Hospitalization approved plans for the constructio of a 1000-bed veteran's hospital on the Jamaicaway, the office of Senator David I. Walsh reported Thursday in Washington.

The project, which has President Truman's approval, will be built on a 10-acre site in Olmstead park, Jamaica Plain, bordering on the Jamaicaway, and will be carried out by the Veterans' administration at a minimum cost of $10,000,000.

Mayor Curley said the site, on land now owned by the city, would be sold to the federal government for $225,000. The irregular tract is situated at the northwest intersection of Willow Pond road and the Jamaicaway. It has a 375-foot frontage on Willow Pond road and extends 1000 feet on the Jamaicaway.

While no estimate of the actual cost of the medical plant was given out, it is known that construction costs for 1000-bed hospitals range from $10,000,000 to $14,000,000.

The site selected will be taken over immediately by the Veterans' Administration, and construction of the hospital will begin early next year, dispatches from Washington stated.

In choosing Olmsted Park as the site, the Veterans' Administration followed its policy of constructing its hospitals close to other hospitals and medical schools, so that the specialized services of other institutions might be made available. The selected site is also adequately served by public transportation facilities.

The Olmested park project will be on of two 1000-bed veterans' hospitals to be built in the Boston area. Last October 24, plans were announced for the construction of another hospital, the site yet to be selected.

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