The dirt: Recent sighting of crews cleaning up and cutting vegetation on parts of an 11-acre parcel behind island grocery store Randalls revived speculation the University of Texas Medical Branch had dusted off long-shelved plans to build 30,000 square feet of clinics to serve the city’s West End.

But there are no immediate plans for a medical branch clinic at the site, said Doug Rogers, executive director of the Sealy & Smith Foundation, which owns the land.

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