TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow says the federal Department of Veterans Affairs has chosen a site for an expanded health clinic in Traverse City.

The Michigan Democrat says the expansion will cover about 22,000 square feet and help alleviate crowding at the existing clinic.

Plans for the expansion have been in the works for years. Stabenow says former VA Secretary David Shulkin selected the site before his recent departure.

The VA clinic in Traverse City provides health care services for thousands of northern Michigan veterans every year.

They include primary care, women’s health, disease prevention and telehealth services. A new facility also will offer mental health, physical therapy and home-based primary care services.