Construction will begin in April on Nebraska’s newest veterans’ home.
Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday in Kearney at the site of the future Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home.
“This project has been a priority for Nebraska,” John Hilgert, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Veterans’ Homes, said in a news release. “This moves us closer to a new, modern facility for Nebraska’s heroes, for those who have served our country with honor.”
The legislature authorized the facility in 2013 and planning began the next year. Work is expected to be complete by late 2018 or early 2019. The building cost is approximately $90 million, but other infrastructure improvements related to the site push the total cost closer to $120 million.
The home, operated by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, will be built at the former Kearney Army Air Base next to the current Nebraska National Guard Armory. A new park is under construction across the street from the site.
Residents from the Grand Island Veterans’ Home will move into the Kearney site. The Grand Island facility will close. It was originally known as the Nebraska Soldiers and Sailors Home and opened in 1887. Its capacity is 266 residents.