The Veterans Administration Medical Center has plans to expand into Clovis in the coming years.
Its near-future footprint is limited to a parking lot for a park-and-ride shuttle to the facility at Clinton Avenue and Fresno Street in central Fresno, said Cenethea Lofbom, Fresno Veterans Administration Medical Center spokeswoman.
A park-and-ride in Clovis could help alleviate parking issues at the VA Medical Center, she said.
Many employees park in the neighborhood off the medical center’s grounds to allow veterans to use the facility’s parking space.
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The 9-acre property at Armstrong and Herndon avenues in Clovis could eventually become offices as part of the Veterans Administration’s expansion plans, but that won’t be soon, Lofbom said.
With the health sciences school coming in, it really has a lot of potential to have a medical-centric kind of environment.
Andy Haussler, Clovis economic and community development director
Anything beyond building the Clovis park-and-ride shuttle lot will require funding from Congress, she said.
There are no time frames for the medical offices, Lofbom said.
The park-and-ride project and offices would require approval from the city of Clovis.
Andy Haussler, the city’s community and economic development director, says the city knows little about the Veterans Administration’s plans, but interest in the areas near Clovis Community Medical Center is growing.
“The interest we’ve been getting has been all medical-related, and with the health sciences school coming in, it really has a lot of potential to have a medical-centric kind of environment,” he said. “It will be exciting to see how that community blossoms.”
A three-story medical office building is underway at Clovis Community Medical Center and will be completed this fall. Also, a $65 million cancer center is proposed. Both buildings are planned for the northeast side of the medical center’s property.
California Health Sciences University officials announced earlier this year that a permanent college campus is planned near Temperance Avenue and Highway 168, north and west of the medical center.
The Assemi family has assembled about 70 acres that could eventually accommodate up to 10 health sciences-related colleges. The campus will include a library, student housing, a student center, auditorium and administrative building.
Once the pharmacy school moves to its new site, the existing campus at Clovis and Sierra avenues will serve as “an incubator” for new schools to build up a student body until each is large enough to move into the new complex.