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Cities propose plans for new Veterans Homes

Posted: 06/12/13 08:37

As both the Hastings and Kearney city councilís approved the proposals for the state to consider. Hastings City Councilís proposal allocates $1.25 million dollars of city funds towards the home that would be located on 281 and Lochland Road. Mayor Vern Powers says he was proud that the City remains focused on economic growth. Though not near the dollar amount that other cities set aside, Powers is still confident in Hastingsís overall proposal. The city is competing for the project with Kearney, North Platte and Grand Island, where the state's 225-bed veterans' home has operated for 126 years.

Kearney-area officials have pledged more than $10 million in direct funding and other benefits to lure a new Central Nebraska Veterans Home to the city. Michael Morgan says the city plans to commit $8.5 million in direct funding and utility cost reductions for the project. That's on top of the $1 million approved by Buffalo County officials, $100,000 from a local economic development council, and $500,000 promised by a local veterans' memorial committee. Mike Morgan says the new Cherry Avenue Bypass currently under construction will provide a 75 acre space for the home. Grand Island has promised at least $3.3 million, and North Platte has committed at least $4 million.