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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Feb. 18, 202004:52 PM EST

VA considering Jacksonville sites for outpatient clinic

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The administration will award the lease by Sept. 30.
by: Katie Garwood Staff Writer

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking at sites in Jacksonville to construct and lease a new outpatient clinic.

It will replace the Jacksonville VA Southpoint clinic at 6900 Southpoint Drive N. and the Jacksonville VA University at 3901 Memorial Health Plaza. 

Those two facilities offer services in prosthetics, physical therapy, occupational therapy, rehab medicine, primary care, mental health and phlebotomy. 

The Jacksonville 1 VA Clinic at 1536 N. Jefferson St. in Springfield will remain open. That clinic offers a wider range of services including dental, surgical, psychiatric, nursing, ancillary services, chronic illness treatment and urgent care. 

The VA is in the lease procurement phase for a 164,054-square-foot facility. The VA plans to award the lease in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020. The fiscal year ends in September.

VA spokeswoman Glenda Powell said proposals include “a specific site and/or building locations as an element of their technical proposals.”

“To make this decision, VA will conduct both technical and price evaluations to determine which proposal provides the best value to the government,” Powell said in an email. 

According to JEA service availability requests, the VA could be considering two sites for its outpatient clinic.

One is on a 28.3-acre site at southwest Egrets Nest Drive and Citicards Way in Flagler Center on the Southside. 

The other site is 28 acres along Max Leggett Parkway between Owens Road and Hyatt Road in North Jacksonville.

Powell declined to disclose the other sites being considered for the clinic.

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