The long-planned conversion of Milwaukee’s historic former Soldiers Home into veterans housing has received one of its last remaining financing sources — setting the stage for renovations to begin.

Madison-based Alexander Co. plans to redevelop historic buildings on or near Mitchell Boulevard, between I-94 and West National Avenue.

Those buildings are on the grounds of the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Most of the work will be at Old Main, the original Soldiers Home that opened in 1869. It initially housed Civil War veterans and was home to generations of other vets before closing in 1989.

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This article was originally published by Tom Daykin in the Journal Sentinel.