The former Veterans Affairs clinic that Central Health is remodeling to serve low-income patients in Austin is a bigger, more ambitious project than originally conceived — and so is the price tag, now estimated at $11.7 million.
When Central Health officials issued a form of debt called “certificates of obligation” in 2011 to cover the $8 million cost of buying the building from the VA, they said another $2 million in certificates would be issued for renovations. But that amount was not meant to represent the total cost of remodeling, said Christie Garbe, vice president for planning and communications.
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