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VA Connecticut Healthcare System


Fisher House Public Notice

April 1, 2016

The Connecticut Healthcare System has been selected by the Fisher House Foundation to receive a Fisher House at the West Haven Campus at 950 Campbell Avenue.   Fisher Houses provide a “home away from home” for the family members and caregivers of hospitalized Veterans and Active Duty Service members.  Fisher Houses provide the opportunity for family members and caregivers to be actively involved in their loved one’s treatment plan, supporting positive clinical outcomes and access to medical care. Details about the project can be found here. 

A requirement for VA Fisher Houses is that they be located on the medical center grounds, or within walking distance.  To make room for the Fisher House at the West Haven Campus, Building 14 will be demolished.  Alternative locations on the grounds of the medical center were considered but were found to be unsuitable.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs evaluated the West Haven Campus for historic significance as required under the National Historic Preservation Act and identified Building 14 and the Campbell Avenue gate among 19 contributing elements to a potential National Register of Historic Places historic district.  The site was first developed as a hospital about 1916.  The period of significance of the facility is 1916-1958. The proposed Fisher House is an undertaking as defined in 36 CFR 800.16 which will result in an Adverse Effect to the historic property due to the demolition of Building 14. 

The VA Connecticut Healthcare System has consulted with the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Fisher House Foundation to develop a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to restore the Campbell Avenue Gate and wall as mitigation for the demolition.

The public is invited to offer comments or concerns on the project’s impacts to the historic property or draft MOA by submitting as follows:

VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Public Affairs Office (00/PR)

950 Campbell Avenue

West Haven, CT 06516


Fax – 203-937-3868 (Attn: Fisher House Comments)


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