Wall Busting Paves Way for Duluth Veterans Place

By KBJR News 1

Wall Busting Paves Way for Duluth Veterans Place

August 6, 2010 Updated Feb 11, 2010 at 5:07 PM CDT

Posted by Kevin Jacobsen

A major milestone Thursday paved the way to the start of giving our war heroes their own home.

One by one several dignitaries including Duluth Mayor Don Ness took a whack at a wall inside a Ramsey Street building in West Duluth. The $2.5 million dollar Duluth Veterans Place project has been in the works for nearly a decade. Once complete, two buildings will host 11 permanent and transitional housing units for Veterans with no where else to turn.

"This is going to be something special," said Durbin Keeney, the regional director for MACV. "It will allow Veterans to plant their feet firm in the ground and change their lives. That's what is going to make it special."

"These two buildings will be completely gutted and renovated brought back to high quality standards of usefulness," said Jeff Corey, the executive director of Northern Communities Land Trust.

Construction will begin as early as Monday. Officials hope to have construction wrapped up and Veterans moving in by early winter.