CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – More than 8,000 veterans in the Bradley County area will have a new place to call home pretty soon, thanks to land owners who donated more than 100,000 sq. ft. of property to the state of Tennessee.
“This is going to benefit them,” said State Representative, Dan Howell, “We need to do this to show our appreciation in their weaning years, their sunset years, to show how much we appreciate them and we’re going to take care of them.”
The brand new Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home will be located at 1960 Westland Dr. in Cleveland, offering 108 beds in nine separate homes. Each home will include individual kitchens, fireplaces and separate cottages. “Oh it’s going to be a good looking building, you can tell by looking at the pictures,” said Joe Davis, Bradley Co. Veterans Service Officer.
The future home is estimated to cost a little more than $40 million dollars to construct. However, the City of Cleveland and Bradley County have each donated $2 million dollars already, and an anonymous donor also contributed $3 million.
That only leaves the estimated federal funding, which is a little more than $26 million. Placing the future project as number 66 on the 2016 VA State Home Construction Grant’s Priority one list. “The problem is the small amount of money that the VA has set aside for new homes,” said Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, with the Tennessee Dept. of Veterans Services.
State officials also recognized land donors Robert Wright, Steve and Thomas Williams as well as trustees of the American Legion Post 81 for their donation. The new home is expected to serve veterans in need for a little more than a 50 mile radius in the Bradley County area.