Daytona Beach to get bigger VA clinic in early 2024

DAYTONA BEACH — The Veterans Affairs outpatient center set to be built along Williamson Boulevard will begin serving patients in early 2024, the Orlando VA Healthcare Systems announced this week.

When it opens, the 130,000-square-foot center will replace two smaller, older VA facilities in Daytona Beach and offer a broader range of services. Currently, some military veterans living in east Volusia County have to make an hour-long drive to Orlando to receive certain VA services.

Wednesday’s announcement comes four months after an Ohio developer won the bidding for a federal government contract to build the multi-specialty clinic for the VA. The planned building is set to be built along the west side of Williamson, directly south of Daytona State College’s Advanced Technology College.

The new VA clinic will be on a 78-acre site that the developer put under contract to buy from Volusia County Schools in late 2019. The developer, Westlake, Ohio-based Carnegie Management & Development Corp., has agreed to pay $4.5 million for the mostly wooded land. 

The federal contract calls for the new VA clinic to provide at least 106,826-square-foot of usable space for a wide range of uses including primary medical care, mental health and specialty medical care services and physical rehabilitation services. The clinic will include an on-site medical laboratory, a pharmacy, and eye and dental clinics.

“The new clinic is a consolidation and relocation of existing services,” said Andrea Madrazo, a spokeswoman for Orlando VA Healthcare Systems.

The new VA clinic could create nearly 20 new jobs when it opens, she said.

“As we get closer to the opening date of the new site of care, additional services may be added based on the demand,” Madrazo added. “The design of the space will be as flexible as possible to allow for adjustments in services as according to the needs of our veterans.”

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Ohio developer faces competing bid by Chicago developer to build new VA clinic in Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH — One thing appears certain: the Daytona Beach area will soon be getting a new Veterans Affairs outpatient center. What has yet to be determined is who will build it.

Just days after a Cleveland, Ohio, developer became the first to publicly unveil plans to build a VA clinic here, a Chicago, Illinois area-based developer has stepped forward with its competing project that would be built next door.

And there could be more, conceded Joshua Hausman, a principal and co-owner of Lake Forest, Illinois-based WD Schorsch.

“We would welcome the opportunity to build the VA clinic in Daytona Beach,” said Hausman whose company submitted its bid under the name of a subsidiary called JTW Development. “The fact is, it’s a closed bid process so we have no idea who we’re competing with.”

John Albright, CEO of Daytona Beach-based CTO Realty Growth Inc., confirmed that JTW Development agreed in January to put 15 acres under contract to buy from his company. The site is along the west side of Williamson Boulevard, one block north of LPGA Boulevard.

Albright said a third developer had been looking to potentially buy another site further north on Williamson from his company in hopes of competing to land the federal government contract to build the new VA clinic. That developer backed out after the federal government ruled out the site because of potential flooding concerns.

Albright declined to identify the third developer. He said the federal government’s rejection of the site was because of an “old map that needed to be updated.” “It’s not actually in a flood plain,” he said.

“I hear there actually could be another (fourth) developer out there (bidding for the VA contract) as well.” he added. “I don’t know where the other site is.”

The federal government is expected to make its decision by the end of September.

The VA clinic that Hausman’s company is proposing to develop would be a two-story building offering a total of 138,108 square feet of space, according to a copy of site plans obtained by The News-Journal.

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