More than a decade ago, after the Canandaigua VA Medical Center survived a threatened closure, the Fort Hill Avenue site received a hearty recommendation straight from then Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi. The Fort Hill Avenue campus — built in 1933 to care for the influx of World War I veterans — would receive a makeover to serve veterans in the 21st century.
Fast forward 13 years later with the plan yet to materialize over delays rooted in politics, bureaucratic hurdles and other obstacles.
But on Monday, Canandaigua VA Construction Project Manager David Price said there is hope. A green light for construction of a $122 million outpatient clinic is “imminent,” Price said from his office at the VA where shelves support thick stacks of drawings and other documents of the plans worked and reworked for years.