WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A space at 1511 Washington Street has been gutted, clearing the way for Watertown’s VA Vet Center on Court Street to move in.
The Washington Street building’s co-owner, Robert Ferris, says it’s a deal more than a year in the making and it just got done Thursday.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am,” Ferris said. “It’s pretty big news. It’s one of the biggest deals I’ve ever done.”
Ferris says the vet center’s lease is for 10 years.
The center will occupy 5,000 square feet of space on Washington Street.
“We’re going to give them a state-of-the-art space to do the best we can for our veterans that we have,” Ferris said.
While the rooms look bare-bones now, Ferris says they’ll be completely renovated.
And he already has a project cost in mind.
“The veteran space will probably be just over a million dollars,” he said.
Ferris says work’s being done outside the building, too, and that has him excited for the future of the space.
“The whole parking lot will be new, the retaining wall, the lighting,” he said. “We’re finally bringing this building back up to what it should have been. Years ago, it probably was. And I’m excited to make this a new shining star on this side of town.”
Ferris says they’re aiming to get the Vet Center moved in, in six months.
The Watertown Vet Center offers a wide range of counseling services for veterans, current military members, and their families. It also offers education services, employment referrals, and helps connect vets with other V-A services.
Correction: We previously reported that the Veterans Administration outpatient clinic, located off of Eastern Boulevard, was the facility that was moving. That was incorrect. The facility that is moving to 1511 Washington St. is the Vet Center, which is currently located at 210 Court St. We apologize for the error in reporting.