- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Plans are moving ahead and a new, larger Veterans Affairs clinic to serve the Myrtle Beach area could be open in about three years.

Local media outlets report that Myrtle Beach City Council this week approved an ordinance proposing two possible locations for the clinic - one near the Market Common development and a second near the Coastal Grand Mall.

The final decision on where the clinic is built is up to the VA.

Spokeswoman Tonya Lobbestael says the VA is close to soliciting bids and should have a contractor by the middle of next year. The clinic was approved as part of VA reform legislation passed by Congress in 2014.

The facility will replace two smaller outpatient clinics in the area.

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