BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) - Nearly two years after Rhode Island voters approved funding for a new veterans home, state leaders say the planning phase of the project has reached a milestone.
Governor Lincoln Chafee, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and Congressman David Cicilline were among those on-hand for Monday's status report on the New Veterans Home Project. At the event, new renderings of what the state-of-the-art facility will look like were revealed.
"We're making progress on what we knew is going to be the best home for veterans in the country," said Governor Chafee.
In November 2012, voters approved a $94 million bond referendum for the construction and renovation of the existing Veterans Home in Bristol.
The Department of Veterans Affairs says groundbreaking for the new facility is scheduled to begin next year. The project is expected to be finished in 2018 and will house nearly two hundred residents.