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The design for the new home meant for the veterans that is being constructed in Pell City, Alabama, has been approved by the State Board of Veterans Affairs. According to reports, the approval has been done for the initial design only.

The new veteran home is going to be the fourth such home in the state. It is going to the largest such project in the state, and is also destined to be one of the first in the entire country to apply the new neighbourhood theory formulated by the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs.

The federal department which works with William Black stock Architects for carrying out the project has finalized the concept that concentrates on neighbourhoods as well as minimization of the distance from each of the wings to the centre of the veterans' facility.

The approval of the initial design was done by the State Board of Veterans Affairs in a special meeting held on Thursday morning. The design of the project includes a magnificent entrance along with a town centre expanse which is essentially a big open space meant for activities such as special events and meetings. The initial design of the project also features a spacious dining facility, physical therapy centre and a chapel.

According to the details included in the design of the project, the central hub of the facility branches off three neighbourhoods which again include three houses that consist of fourteen private rooms, shared dining spaces, porches with direct accessibility to the courtyards and living spaces.

Clyde Marsh, the ADVA Commissioner, said that all efforts are being made so that the veterans' facility might not look like a hospital, nursing home or an institution.

The design of the veterans' facility shows that it also features a separate double story structure with residential facilities for 80 occupants. A wing of this structure would be reserved for patients suffering from Alzheimer. The wing would further be divided into 2 neighbourhoods.

Each of the neighbourhoods would consist two sets of houses. All the 4 sets of houses would be home for 48 occupants. The proposed veterans' home is expected to serve a total of 254 residents.

Marsh further informed that the design of the project matches ADVA's visualization and conception but he did not rule out further perfection to it. The State Board of Veterans Affairs has also given Marsh and his staff the authority to put in modifications or adjustments, if required during the final drawings, construction documents and renderings.

Reports suggest that the projected home would also be equipped with power backup generators. However, it is still to be finalized if the facility would be provided with cooling and heating systems as well as water supply. The plan for including these facilities is under consideration by the department.

The estimated cost for the construction of the new veterans' home is 26 million dollars. The share of the state in this amount is 14 million dollars. The rest of the expenditure would be covered by federal VA. It is expected that the project would take a period of three years for completion.

It needs mentioning that the three veterans' nursing homes in Alexander City, Huntsville and Minette are occupied to full capacity, although there are few hundreds of veterans who are in the waiting lists. In Alabama, the number of veterans present are approximately 420,000.


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