The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced $52 million has been set aside for the new home in central Nebraska.
Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse says the news from Washington is encouraging as plans continue to build the new Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home in Kearney.
“Everyone in the entire community and central part of the state is excited, because this further solidifies the ability to complete drawings and go out for bids and continue the process on building a new veterans’ home in central Nebraska,” Clouse tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KXPN.
Legislation in 2013 authorized building the new veterans’ home. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services entered a contract with Wilkins Hinricks Stober Architects of Kearney in June of last year to begin design work.
The partial funding is contingent on meeting the next round of federal requirements in 180 days, which includes architectural drawings, advertising for construction bids, and submission of the final application.
Clouse says everything is working to meet all federal requirements.
“The design phase has been ongoing for the last several months,” according to Clouse. “A few weeks ago, they were at 95% complete. That last 5% will need to take place here in the next few weeks so that they can get wrapped up.”
The veterans’ home project is anticipated to be completed by the fall of 2018.
Brent Weithorn, KXPN, contributed to this report.