New Parking Lot Opens at Houston VA; 4 More on Horizon
Parking capacity on the VA complex will increase by more than 500 parking spaces before summer begins.
HOUSTON – A new 160-space parking lot will open on February 16, 2010 at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC).
“We know parking at the DeBakey VA is a serious concern for Veterans seeking health care,” said Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E., MEDVAMC director. “The current situation is unacceptable and we are taking immediate action to alleviate the problem.”
Parking lot “T,” located on the west side of the VA campus between Cambridge Street and parking lots F, G, and H, will add 160 new parking spaces to the VA complex.
By mid-April, the MEDVAMC will add three more parking lots. Parking lot “U” on the corner of Ringness Avenue and Mixon Avenue, lot “V” on the corner of Cate Terrace and Ringness Avenue, and lot “W” on East Lee near the Almeda entrance will, all together, add another 285 spaces to the VA complex.
Parking lot “S” with 70 spaces, on the corner of Mixon Avenue and parking lot F, will open in mid-June.
In total, parking capacity on the VA complex will increase by more than 500 parking spaces before summer begins.
“We are also moving VA health care closer to where Veterans live so they do not have to drive into Houston,” said Walmus. “A new VA Outpatient Clinic will open in Richmond on May 14, 2010 and another one will open in Lake Jackson this fall. The Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic will also reopen soon.”
Looking into the future, the MEDVAMC has requested funding to build a parking structure over the top of parking lot N. It will be constructed in three phases with a final capacity of approximately 1,200 additional parking spaces. Projected date for completion is 2016.
While these projects are being worked, the MEDVAMC Parking Committee is evaluating a recommendation to place gates on all parking lots on the VA complex. This requires further detailed study to review the impact and implementation of a token/validation system while ensuring Veterans, employees, volunteers, visitors, and medical residents are not charged for parking. Vendors and other external parties choosing to use the VA complex for parking will be charged just like the other health care facilities in the Texas Medical Center.
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