VA Clinic can walk to Visalia
The facility is expected to employ 45 to 53 workers with support from VA facilities in Fresno. The conversion of the insurance office building into a medical clinic is estimated at $2 million, according to the operational statement.
The VA has been looking for a location for an expanded clinic for several years. Last summer, the VA began seeking proposals to build a new 20,000 to 25,000 square foot clinic in Tulare County to expand services at its current site in Tulare, which is less than 8 000 square feet. The decision was due to be made in August 2021, but had to be extended due to a lack of viable proposals. The VA has also made it clear that they are not interested in constructing a new building due to the cost.
Tulare city and hospital officials have expressed hope to keep the clinic in Tulare. The local Tulare Health Care District even considered the idea of leasing part of the 55,000 square foot Evolutions Plaza, which the Hospital District owns. The idea was rejected at the special hospital district meeting on July 14, 2021 after being criticized by local residents who wanted to keep their gym and the company that manages the property, the gym and other tenants , Evo Management Company, LLC.