Montana VA Health Care System
Finding of no significant impact - Freedom's Path
The Dept. of Veterans Affairs is pursuing the development of the Proposed Action at the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center (VAMC) near Helena as part of the Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) program. The EUL program combines the goals of reducing veteran homelessness with improving the management of VA real estate assets.
The purpose of the Proposed Action is to provide new residential opportunities for homeless, at-risk, and disabled veterans by renovating eleven existing historic buildings and constructing two new buildings for a combined total of 42 housing units.
The EUL program is one of several housing assistance programs provided by the VA nationwide.
A draft environmental assessment (EA) was prepared and published for a 30-day public comment period on July 31, 2017. The VA received one comment from the Montana VA Health Care System regarding public transportation. There were no comments from the public or other agencies.
As a result of the analysis of impacts in the EA, it is the conclusion of the VA that the Proposed Action would not cause a significant impact of an adverse nature on the quality of the natural or human environment. Accordingly, the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Action is not warranted or required.
You can read the full Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the project here.
The final Environmental Assessment is also available for review here.