Canandaigua VA project could start in 2018

Construction could start next summer on a long-awaited $141 million modernization project at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

In a recent news release, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received bids for the project after setting an Oct. 2 deadline. The Corps expects to award contracts in January, with construction expected to start in the summer and continue through 2022.

The work will include renovating existing facilities and constructing new buildings, including a three-story, 84,200-square-foot outpatient clinic on what is now undeveloped space between Building 1 and 2. Schumer also discussed groundbreaking on an 84,000-square-foot VA clinic in Henrietta, which will replace the smaller and outdated Rochester Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

“The groundbreaking of the long sought new Rochester VA Clinic, together with the receipt of contractor bids for the $141 million project to upgrade the Canandaigua VA Medical Center with an expanded clinic, is a prescription for better care for our Rochester and Finger Lakes area veterans. The new Rochester clinic will be nearly twice the size of the current outdated and aging clinic … and include new services like CT scan and endoscopy,” Schumer said. “Together with an expanded three-story clinic in Canandaigua that’s now green-lighted for construction, this more than $150 million in investment will not only create good-paying construction jobs, but is a good next step forward to provide Rochester and Finger Lakes area veterans with the care they deserve after so bravely serving our country.”

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