Wittman statement on new, greater-Fredericksburg-area VA Outpatient Clinic
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) issued the following statement following the announcement by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that they have awarded the contract for the new Outpatient Clinic to be located in Spotsylvania County:
“I would first like to applaud and thank our local governments who have been in competition for this facility for their tremendous efforts and great opportunities they made available to the VA. I have been working with the VA and local governments on this project over the past several years to help veterans in our area. The Fredericksburg region is home to more than 42,000 veterans and the numbers continue to rise. This new facility will allow even better care to be delivered for veterans living in the First Congressional District and the greater-Fredericksburg region.
“As part of my ongoing efforts to hear directly from our Veterans about issues they face in our community I formed the First District Veterans Advisory Board in 2008, shortly after coming to Congress. This facility comes to our region thanks in part to the Advisory Board’s work and my work in Congress. I look forward to the construction and eventual opening of this facility, and I will continue to monitor this facility’s progress.”
“Those of us in the Disabled American Veterans community who utilize VA services on a regular basis are grateful that our area has been chosen for this new facility,” said Lisa Gregory, Immediate Past Dept. Commander, DAV Department of Virginia. “We know this new facility will allow more Veterans faster access to the care and services they’ve earned. We thank Congressman Wittman and all involved in seeing this project to fruition.”
The 426,722-square-foot outpatient clinic, slated to be the largest in the nation, will be built on about 60 acres off Hood Drive between U.S. 1 and Interstate 95. The earliest the new facility can open is 36 months from the date of the lease award or upon acceptance of the space, whichever comes later. The 20-year lease agreement is with Ohio-based Carnegie Management and Development Corp., which will build the clinic. The contract’s value totals $376,748,586. You can find the lease award information here.
Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he serves as the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.