Construction of a new Valley View Health Center clinic in Toledo is set to begun after a groundbreaking ceremony was held Sunday afternoon.
Valley View has been planning to build the new facility after receiving a roughly $644,000 federal grant May 1 of last year. Clinic officials had the option to upgrade the currently facility, which was built in 1950 and has an uneven foundation, damaged roof and inadequate drainage, but determined it would be both cost-effective and beneficial to the area to build an entirely new clinic in town.
Toledo Mayor Jerry Pratt and Valley View Executive Director Steve Clark were on hand to unearth the ceremonial first shovel-fulls of dirt from the site, which is currently an empty lot at 117 Ramsey Way. Construction is expected to continue over the summer with a grand opening to be scheduled at a later date. While construction is taking place, services as the current Toledo clinic are expected to remain uninterrupted.
Toledo Mayor Jerry Pratt (left) and Valley View Director Steve Clark (middle), and contractor Paul Sneed (right) of Paul Sneed construction, who will be building the clinic.