Kaptur: Rezoning positions Lorain as home to new Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic

July 23, 2018
Press Release
New facility on nearly 10-acre site could begin construction in 2019

Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur welcomed action by the Lorain City Council to rezone 9.7 acres at Kolbe and West Erie in the City of Lorain to make way for a new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient clinic. With a final announcement pending, construction is expected to commence in 2019. Kaptur vowed to keep the clinic in Lorain when it was announced the clinic would leave the former St. Joseph’s hospital for a temporary location in Sheffield. 

“This has been a years-long effort to secure this clinic to better serve the thousands of veterans in Lorain and the surrounding area,” said Kaptur. “We anticipate the selection of this particular site in Lorain to place the veterans outpatient clinic at the nexus of the area’s healthcare network. Adjacent to Mercy Health Center, Oak Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation, the community heliport, extended care facilities and hospice, the proposed location sets up the VA to develop a truly full service, campus-like facility that meets the needs of our veterans into the future.” 

“We owe a deep debt of gratitude to those who defended our nation and the cause of liberty. Improving access to the health care services they have earned is an essential part of keeping the promise we have made to our veterans,” Kaptur continued. “This is a major step in bringing to fruition the vision of our partnership to keep the VA in Lorain. With our veterans, the healthcare and business communities, faith leaders and elected and community representatives, we sought to deliver a first-class facility to the heart of Lorain. Today we celebrate the next major step forward in that vision.”