U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) today celebrated the announcement of a new VA clinic in Mobile.

The new VA clinic will replace the current, outdated clinic on Springhill Avenue in Mobile.

“This announcement is music to the ears of the over 50,000 veterans who live in Southwest Alabama,” Byrne said in a statement. “Since being elected to Congress, I have repeatedly called on the VA to move forward with this project. It is a shame the process took as long as it did, but the new facility will be able to better serve those who have given so much to our country.

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile)

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile)

“The work is not done,” he added. “I will continue to provide diligent oversight throughout the construction process to ensure the project remains on schedule. We must also continue pushing for reforms at the VA to ensure accountability and promote greater choices for our veterans.”

This is a rendering of the new planned VA clinic for Mobile.

This is a rendering of the new planned VA clinic for Mobile.

The new 65,125 net usable square foot Outpatient Clinic (OPC) will replace a smaller existing clinic currently providing services to area veterans. The lease will provide for administrative and clinical space consistent with the VA’s OPC requirements. Additionally, the new space will be allocated to the following general areas: Primary care, audiology and speech pathology, education, eye clinics, mental health, patient advocacy, radiology, veterans’ service organizations, and women’s health. The replacement space will correct functional and utilization deficiencies faced by the existing clinic.

The new clinic will be location on Rangeline Road and will be operated under a 15-year lease. The building will have 521 parking spaces. The delivery date is 24 months from lease award.

Byrne has held meetings with the VA to discuss the need for a new clinic in Mobile. He also sent a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald requesting an update on the project and demanding progress after the project stalled, according to the statement.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson also released a statement Thursday on the new clinic.

“The City of Mobile has been long overdue for a new VA facility,” he said.”There are thousands of veterans living in Mobile who have served their country, and they deserve a world-class facility that serves them. To the veterans living in Mobile, my hope is that this new facility will give you the quality care you need and deserve. To all of the citizens in Mobile, let’s take a moment to salute our veterans for their service and sacrifice.”