Construction begins on VA clinic project

       After months of site preparation, construction has started on the building that will be the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient clinic.

This graphic from an aerial viewpoint (north is up) shows the VA clinic property and neighboring parcels, as well as other uses (current and envisioned) in the area of Centennial Boulevard and Fillmore Street.
Courtesy of Stan Kensigner, Olive Real Estate Group

       The 18-acre site faces onto Centennial Boulevard south of Fillmore Street. There will be one 76,000-square-foot, three-story building, with a large parking area in front and other parking in back.
       Groundbreaking occurred last Veterans Day, Nov. 12, featuring state and local dignitaries and uniformed veterans. The expected opening date for the facility, which will expand current VA-clinic offerings in the region, is May 2014.
       A sign at the corner of Centennial and Fillmore states that 33 acres are available there. According to Stan Kensinger of the Olive Real Estate Group, which is marketing the site for the owners (Colorado Springs Health Partners), only 15 of the 33 acres (all east of Centennial) now remain because the VA took 18 for its project.
       The remaining two properties, each 7.5 acres, are just east and south of the clinic property, Kensinger said. Neither has been earmarked for any type of facility, but senior living appears to be “the highest and best use,” he said.
       Health Partners had originally planned to build a medical facility of its own on the site, but opted instead to relocate to existing buildings elsewhere.

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