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VA hospital in Aurora sets August opening date

Nearly eight years after breaking ground, the VA hospital has set an opening date.

It’s finally happening: the VA hospital in Aurora has set an opening date.

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs confirms the medical facility will open on August 11, 2018.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) tweeted about the opening Tuesday afternoon saying in part, "Just got notification from the @DeptVetAffairs that they plan to open the #VAHospital in #Aurora on 8/11/18."

The hospital will also be the focus of a congressional hearing titled “The Denver Replacement Medical Center: Light at the End of the Tunnel?” in Washington D.C. on Wednesday morning. Rep. Coffman is expected to be in attendance.

Ground first broke on the project in 2010. Since then there have been numerous delays and other budgeting busting complications.

By the end of construction, the hospital is expected to cost nearly $1.7 billion – that’s triple the 2014 estimate.

A spokesperson says the medical center's construction contract ends on January 25.

If they get all the work done by then, the hospital will have six months to get ready for the scheduled opening day.


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