LINCOLN – Gov. Pete Ricketts announced today that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has set aside $52 million for partial grant funding for the new Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home in Kearney.
“This is good news and moves us closer to a new, modern facility for Nebraska’s heroes,” said Gov. Ricketts. “Nebraska has a proud history of taking care of its veterans, and this will be a fitting ‘thank you’ to those who have served our country with honor.”
Legislation in 2013 authorized the construction of a new facility in central Nebraska. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services signed a contract with Wilkins Hinrichs Stober Architects of Kearney in June 2014 to begin design work for the project, and the agency was notified in December 2014 that partial funding would be received this year.
According to Courtney Phillips, CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the funds are conditional on meeting the next round of federal requirements within 180 days. This includes final architectural drawings and specifications, an advertisement for construction bids, and submittal of the final application.
“We are well on our way to meeting this timeframe, and we’re excited about each and every milestone that’s reached until the new Veterans’ Home is completed,” Phillips said. Anticipated completion is the fall of 2018.