The James A. Haley VA Medical Center plans to open a new mental health clinic.

The clinic will be located on N. 46th Street in Tampa, which is about two miles from the Haley campus. 

The one-story building will be just over 22,000 square feet.  The project, which is expected to create 13 construction jobs, will be finished by summer of 2013.

Officials said the clinic will provide services for nearly 148,000 veterans in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties.

The Department of Veterans Affairs said the clinic is needed to help with the rising number of area veterans seeking mental health care.