Residents, officials gather to discuss proposed veterans care center

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The City of Virginia Beach held a town hall meeting Monday to discuss a proposed veterans care center.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the center in August of 2016.

The proposed center would be built on 24 acres off of a $2 million planned extension of Nimmo Parkway at West Neck Road, near Kellam High School.

McAuliffe said last August that the center would be a “state of the art” facility to provide nursing, short-term rehabilitative care and care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It will employ 150 state employees.

Veterans must be honorably discharged and a Virginia resident to qualify for placement.

Construction on the facility is set to start sometime this fall with a projected opening for late 2019. Construction on the Nimmo Parkway extension is set for July 2018.