Construction of new VA clinic to start in late fall

       A groundbreaking in late fall is now predicted for construction of the Colorado Springs Community Based Outpatient Clinic that will be built by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Fillmore Hill.

An artist's rendering of how the new VA clinic will look at Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard.
Courtesy of Veterans Affairs and Congressman Lamborn’s Office

       The expected opening date for the $10 million, 76,000-square-foot facility is November 2014, according to Catherine Mortenson of District 5 Congressman Doug Lamborn's office.
       The site will be on 18 vacant acres beside the current dead-end extension of Centennial Boulevard south of Fillmore Street. It will replace two current outpatient VA clinics, at 25 N. Spruce St. and 320 E. Fontanero Street (Suite 200), which have just 36,000 square feet between them, VA officials have said.
       The project contractor is U.S. Federal Properties, Co. LLC.
       “When combined with the surgical services available at the Air Force Academy, this new clinic will ensure that veterans in our community can get a more complete package of medical care in Colorado Springs,” Mortenson's press release states.
       In recent action, as planned, the VA has agreed to a 20-year lease for the Fillmore location, the release also states.
       The VA has previously announced that the new facility will offer radiological services, a laboratory, mental health care, dental care, a pharmacy, substance abuse treatement, audiology, physical therapy and home-based primary care.

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