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New VA medical clinic coming to Montgomery

This is a rendering of the 150,000-square-foot medical clinic. This is a rendering of the 150,000-square-foot medical clinic.

In the near future, area veterans will have another option when it comes their healthcare needs. 

The 150,000-square-foot clinic will provide out-patient services as well as specialized doctors for dentistry and eye care, for example.

Crews are working to clear the land, which is directly behind the Home Depot on Chantilly Parkway.

The building will be owned by a company called U.S. Federal Properties out of Kansas City, Missouri.

"We're a real estate developer. We build and own the property and the VA leases it back from us for 20 years," says Cathy Baier, co-owner of U.S. Federal Properties.

It's not the first VA clinic the company has built.

In fact, they have four going up around the country.

"Right now, VA has a huge program to build these outpatient clinics," adds Baier. 

The purpose of what will be the new VA clinic is to simply help meet the demands of the VA healthcare system. As it stands right now, the two hospitals in the area--in Montgomery and Tuskegee--are having trouble finding space to offer services veterans will be able to find at the new clinic.

"They can go to the dentist, the eye doctor, out patient surgical procedures can be done there," adds Baier. 

"We're excited to see the dirt being moved, excited to have our new neighbors," says Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone.

Even though the clinic will be in the city limits of Montgomery, leaders in the nearby town of Pike Road say it's good for them, too.

"When you see a healthcare facility come to your area you know that means that other professionals will also begin to identify with your community and that's good for citizens. It gives them more options and more possibilities down the road," adds Stone.

The clinic is expected to open in the summer of 2015.

The entire project is expected to cost roughly $40 million dollars.

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