Speaking as a guest at the Brinkerhoff Action Association's meeting at Saint Benedict the Moor Church in Jamaica, the congressman dispelled claims that plans to develop part of the 55-acre site were finalized and he had signed off on it.Meeks repeatedly told the audience, which included several veterans and their families, that he would never act on any decision about the 34-year-old facility without discussing it first with the community."I thought it was important that we had this town hall meeting so that nothing is left unsaid... and you understand where I stand," he said.In August 2006, R. James Nicholson, the former secretary of the Veteran's Affairs Department in Washington, announced that the center, which has 180 beds in its community living center and 50 beds in its domiciliary, would be demolished and replaced with a state-of-the-art facility. Under the plan, 30 acres of the site would be used for the new care center, which would have 10 fewer domiciliary beds, and 25 acres would be leased to a private developer.During a protest outside the facility March 29, some veterans said they had heard that the congressman approved of plans for the facility without informing the public or the special community task force he had created to address the reconstruc
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