Deltona chosen as location for new, larger vets clinic
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New veterans clinic going here — A new, larger medical clinic to serve West Volusia veterans will be located here, in Deltona Plaza, possibly in space formerly occupied by a Winn-Dixie grocery. About two years ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced West Volusia would get a needed larger clinic, but the location wasn't chosen until recently.
It is now official: Deltona will be the home of the new and enlarged veterans outpatient clinic.
"It will be completed by the fall of 2017," U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Heather Frebe told The Beacon. "Right now after the lease is signed, it will take four to six months to build out. We're probably going to be in place to see patients at that facility before the end of 2017."
Word of the DVA's intention to relocate the veterans clinic from its current address at 2583 S. Volusia Ave., Suite 300, to the Deltona Plaza, 1200 Deltona Blvd., comes more than two years after the federal agency and former U.S. Rep. John Mica announced the planned move. The Deltona site, believed to be inside a space formerly used as a Winn-Dixie supermarket, will have almost 10,500 square feet of interior space, or about twice as much as the existing Orange City clinic. Parking is also plentiful at Deltona Plaza.
When the Deltona facility is ready to open, the Orange City clinic will close, Frebe said.
"The focus for us is primary care and mental health," she said.
The Deltona site will also feature "a dedicated women's health area" and a laboratory, Frebe noted.
Deltona Mayor John Masiarczyk hailed the announcement.
"I think it's going to be great for Deltona," he said. "A lot of the vets didn't go over there [to Orange City] because it was so small. It's great for us. It will bring a lot of traffic to that plaza and open up a lot of ancillary businesses."
Masiarczyk said he had known about the advent of the DVA clinic to Deltona Plaza before the actual announcement came, but had been asked not to reveal anything because of confidential negotiations to secure the shopping-center space.
The outpatient clinic in Orange City offers care and treatment to some 8,000 veterans who are enrolled for its services, noted Volusia County Veterans Services Director Jeff Bumb.
“Absolutely,” Bumb replied, when asked if the new Deltona clinic will be an improvement over the facility now open.
“The location is good,” he added.
— Al Everson, email@example.com