Armory May Find New Use As VA Medical Center

The Florida National Guard controls the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in West Tampa. What to do with the armory, which is a historic site, has been the subject of much discussion over the last couple of years. Finally, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) may have an answer: use it to house a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center.

Rep. Castor wrote a letter to acting Haley VA Center administrator Nancy Resissener proposing and supporting her idea. There are a large number of veterans in the immediate area of the armory, making the location very significant.  A VA clinic in the middle of Tampa would serve a great number of veterans and would be very accessible.

Heritage Square LLC purchased the land in 2007. Leaving the armory building on the property, Heritage built a hotel and a resort on the armory land. Earlier this year the National Guard declared the property was once again for sale as Heritage was apparently no longer interested in the property.

The National Guard is under contract to give back ownership of the property to Tampa. Rep. Castor saw this as a prime opportunity to contact Mayor Pam Iorio and Councilman Charlie Miranda and ask both of them for help in making her vision for a VA medical clinic a reality.

Castor is pushing for a VA clinic in downtown Tampa. She sees building the clinic as a great accomplishment because it would bring VA health care to so many veteran in the area.

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