Protest Filed Over Veterans Clinic Contract

A protest has been filed over the awarding of a contract for a new Veterans Outpatient Clinic in Mobile.  The contract award was announced two weeks ago for a new 65,000 square foot facility to be built at Rangeline and Hall’s Mill Roads in Mobile.  It’s a project that people have been needed for decades, according to local veterans’ groups.

Congressman Bradley Byrne first announced that the project would move forward with a target date of 2018.  He says protests over government contracts are not unusual.  He says he does not expect the protest to result in a delay of the project.

But Rick Baird, of US Federal Properties of Kansas City, says he does expect some delay because of the protest.  He did not know how long the delay could be.  Baird also noted that protests over contracts involving government construction contracts are not unusual.

The new Veterans Outpatient Clinic will replace the current space on Springhill Avenue.  The Veterans Administration currently rents space there from the University of South Alabama.  The V.A. recently negotiated an extension on their lease at that property until the new facility can be completed.

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