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Marietta approves veterans outpatient clinic

Rezoning for a community outpatient clinic by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was approved recently by the Marietta City Council.

The 80,000-square-foot clinic will be built on 13.5 acres at 1161 Bells Ferry Road.

This property now is rezoned from Heavy Industrial to Light Industrial on the west side of Bells Ferry Road, the north side of Old Highway 41 and the south side of Cobb Parkway.

With sidewalks to be installed, Cobb Parkway will be the main entrance.

Attorney Kevin Moore, speaking for the applicant and owner Fairburn Town & Country Apartments/The Molasky Group of Companies, said the one-story medical facility will have 200 employees and 512 parking spaces with “cut-off, down-glare lighting.”

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Hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays with no beds available for overnight stays and no surgical units.

The federal government will be the tenant for this 20-year lease.

A new program by the federal government, this Veteran Community Partnership is a national initiative to ensure that all veterans and their caregivers have access to - and the widest range of choices among - the services that allow U.S. veterans to stay in the places they call home.

Of 22 million veterans, about 9 million are enrolled with the Veterans Administration (VA) and about 6 million seek their health care from the VA in any year, according to va.gov/HealthPartnerships/vcp.asp.

Of the 27 percent receiving care from the VA, about 70 percent of veterans also receive health care from outside the VA.

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