IVINS – With the final hurdle of federal approval surpassed, construction can begin on the Washington County Veterans Nursing Home.
Approved on the state-level in April, the proposed location for the new veterans facility still needed to clear federal scrutiny. Studies involving environmental impact, and the overall viability of the property donated by City of Ivins, were conducted. With the recent and satisfactory conclusion of these studies, the US Department of Veterans Affairs has given the green light.
“Its full steam ahead now,” Dennis McFall, Deputy Director of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs, said.
“We hope to have it done by 2013,” Ivins Mayor Chris Hart said.
Hart anticipates a highly aggressive construction period over the next 13 months.
“It’s a really significant facility,” Hart said.
He noted that the veterans home would have a quality of medical area that will be of a higher standard than that found in similar facilities.
The veterans home will be located near the corner of 200 East and 200 West in the City of Ivins. It will be a 108-bed facility and cover an area of 100,000 square feet on a 10-acre parcel of land.
The veterans home will employ 150 full-time and part-time employees, and is estimated to bring in an annual amount of $6 million into the local economy once completed.
The official groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, commencing at 11 a.m.
Financial donations towards the construction of the veterans home are welcome and encouraged. An online guide is provided via the Veterans’ Coalition of Southern Utah for those interested in donating.
For more information on the Veterans’ Nursing Home or Veterans’ Affairs, visit the Utah Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.
ED. NOTE April 18, 2013 – As construction nears completion, the actual address given for the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins, as it is now called, is: 160 N. 200 E Street
Ivins, Utah 84738.
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