New VA outpatient center opens at former DeVry property in Decatur

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 21, 2015
A sign for the new outpatient center of the Atlanta VA. Photo by Dena Mellick

A sign for the new outpatient center of the Atlanta VA. Photo by Dena Mellick

The Atlanta VA Medical Center has opened an outpatient clinic in the city of Decatur on the site of the former DeVry University property.

Patients began visiting the building on Arcadia Avenue in March. The VA Medical Center announced on its Facebook page that the outpatient center will have its official ribbon cutting in July. According to the VA, the outpatient center houses dental offices, a women’s clinic and a radiology clinic. There will be no overnight patients at the clinic.

“The Atlanta VA Medical Center continues to expand as we improve access to care for our Veterans,” the VA Medical Center said in its announcement.

While the VA welcomes the new addition, some Decatur City officials have been miffed about what became of the DeVry property. During a meeting in March of 2014, when City Commissioners approved amending the site’s master plan, Mayor Jim Baskett was the only “no” vote.

“In our lifetimes we’re not going to see the mixed use development we had hoped for when we first did this plan and annexed this into the city at their request,” the mayor said during that meeting. “We’re not going to see any real dense development where the VA lease is.”

The city wasn’t the only party in Decatur that had hopes for the DeVry building. There’d been talk of City Schools of Decatur taking over that property, but the school superintendent Phyllis Edwards told the Atlanta Journal Constitution last April that the asking price of $17.5 million was cost prohibitive. GP-Govt. Properties I, LLC, purchased the 21 acre property for $7 million.

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