$190M approved to complete Canandaigua VA upgrade

The end is now sight for a $351 million overhaul of the Canandaigua VA Medical Center.

Congress approved $190 million for the second and final phase of the project now underway on the campus on Fort Hill Avenue, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Thursday.

The final leg of the project will bring a new community living center complex, improved domiciliary — that provides short-term housing for veterans while they recover from substance abuse and other challenges — and further building renovations along with improved rehabilitation and physical therapy services.

“Congress has a responsibility to ensure high-quality medical care and services for the men and women who have served our nation in uniform,” said Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. She said completing the facility upgrades and expansions will provide “the highest standard of care for our veterans in Rochester and in the Finger Lakes.”

Now taking place on the campus is the $161 million Phase I that broke ground in April.

It includes construction of a new outpatient clinic expected to open in 2022. VA estimates with final $190 million in federal funding for fiscal year 2019, Phase II upgrades should be completed by the end of 2023.

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