Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and the architectural firm Wold Perkins Eastman met with local officials in Montevideo last month to provide an update on the status of the proposed Veterans Home. The architects shared how feedback gathered in Fall of 2018 has been incorporated into the facility design.
The latest plans for the home reflect a prairie-style inspired design that integrates natural materials such as wood and stone. The public spaces includes a large community, multi-purpose room that can seat 170 people classroom style. A Town Center features a small coffee shop/cafe, theater/meeting room, family dining room, meditation room/chapel, and club room. The 72 300-square- foot residential units are split into two neighborhoods and four “households” of 18-residents each avoiding long institutional-feeling hallways.
Montevideo is one of three Minnesota cities pursuing a future Minnesota Veterans Home. The proposed Montevideo location is a 13.5-acre site at the intersection of William Avenue and County Road 15. In 2018, the Minnesota Legislature allocated $9.4 million toward the cost of the project which will be funded by a combination of federal-granted (65 percent), state-bonded and pending community- provided monies (35 percent). In March of this year, MDVA submitted an application for Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; that funding will not be confirmed until early 2020.