Veterans Outpatient Clinic coming to Hwy. 81

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By Stan Welch

A twelve acre tract of land just north of T.L. Hanna High School will soon be the site of the new Anderson Veterans Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).

More than a hundred contractors, architects, and developers gathered in a conference room at the main branch of the Anderson County Library to hear the details of the project in preparation for submitting their bids. Carpenter-Robbins, a commercial real estate firm, handled the meeting.

Under current regulations, the offeror, as they are called, purchases the land and builds the building, which is then leased to the Veterans Administration. In this case, the lease would be for twenty years.

The specifications for the building call for a two story facility of no more than 44,238 net usable square feet. Three hundred and forty parking spaces, ten per cent of which would be reserved for handicapped parking, will surround the building.

Occupancy is required by September 30, 2014. The current VA clinic serves approximately 4500 patients each year.

Richard Boggin, a VA representative, said the new clinic, as well as one under construction in Greenville, are part of the VA’s new regional approach.