VA hopes to close on cemetery site

PEMBROKE, N.Y. (AP) — Veterans Affairs is expected to finally purchase land in western New York later this spring so it can build a national veterans cemetery, four years after the Obama administration agreed to the plan.

The Buffalo News reports that a property owner says he has a contract with the VA and expects the sale of his 132 acres in Pembroke in Genesee County to close within three months.

VA officials say extensive archaeological digging at the site 25 miles east of Buffalo has held up the closing on the sale. The property previously was part of the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

Sen. Charles Schumer announced in late 2012 that the VA had picked a site between Buffalo and Rochester for a new national cemetery. It’s not expected to open for another four or five years.

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