MACV to Bust Walls on New Duluth Veterans Place

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Feb 1, 2010 at 10:59 PM CDT

Posted by Kevin Jacobsen

The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans won't be breaking ground on its new Duluth Veterans place soon. Rather, organizers will be busting down walls.

Monday, the Veterans organization along with Northern Communities Land Trust announced they have closed the last construction grant on the new housing for war vets. The two buildings are located on Ramsey Street in Spirit Valley of Duluth.

Durbin Keeney, the Regional Director for MACV, met with members of the 148th Fighter Wing Monday afternoon to finalize plans for the ceremony next Thursday, February 11th.

Keeney says because the ground is frozen it'll be too hard to dig, so to symbolize the start of construction, they'll bust the walls down one by one starting next Thursday.

This project has been in the making for more than a decade.

"Now, it's like we're shifting gears. All decisions, all this planning, it's going to happen. It's honest god going to happen. We're really excited. I'm retraining my staff for different positions as things change," Keeney said.

Once complete, there will be 11 permanent housing units along with five transitional units between the two buildings. MACV will also hold a fundraising event following the ceremony on Friday, February 12th.