City of Lake Charles seeks location for new Veteran's Clinic - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

City of Lake Charles seeks location for new Veteran's Clinic

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The City of Lake Charles is searching for a location to facilitate a new veterans clinic in the lake area.

After 10 years of working with Charles Boustany and the entire congressional delegation, the city has finally negotiated with the Department of Veteran's Affairs to fund the medical clinic for veterans in the lake area.

"Several years ago we were advised that we had a requisite population to justify the establishment of a VA outpatient clinic here," said Randy Roach, the mayor of Lake Charles.

"Since then many of our men and women have been deployed over seas. So now we have more veterans that qualify for these services."

Almost 16 thousand veterans reside in Calcasieu Parish, and nearly 6,000 of those individuals would use the clinic.

The new facility would benefit lake area veterans like Roy Weldon, who travels to Beaumont and Houston for basic medical care.

"Probably once every couple of months I go to there for an appointment," said Weldon.  "It's been long needed and it's going to be a tremendous help to Veteran's in the area."

But before veterans can take advantage of the new clinic, the city still has to find a location for the new facility.

"The main thing is we've got to find a place," said Mayor Roach. "That's why it's so important that we get the word out, so that we can get property owners aware that this is coming up."

The scope of the property lease the Veterans Affairs is seeking includes the following:

            œ Rentable space that must yield 22,232 net usable square feet, available for use

                by the tenant for personnel, furnishings and equipment to provide primary care

                and mental health service to local veterans;

            œ Located within a five mile radius of a 24/7 Medical Emergency Department; no

                more than five miles from Interstate 10 or Interstate 210; and no more than two

                blocks from a public transportation route;

            œ The lease term is for 10 years with five option years, and the space must be

                ready for occupancy by July of 2011.

If anyone is interested in submitting a piece of property, information should be submitted to V A Medical Center, P.O. box 69004, Alexandria, LA 71306-9004 - Attention: Lonest Bonton, Jr. Contracting Officer.

For more information you can call or e-mail Bonton at (318) 437-0010 or at Lonest.Bonton@va.gov.

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