Restoration work has officially begun on the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home project.

A Friday morning groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of the project, which consists of the rehabilitation of six buildings on the grounds of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center to provide housing for veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Dignitaries of all level of government were on hand to celebrate the commencement of the construction work.

“We have a shared responsibility to meet the needs of veterans who have served and sacrificed for us,” U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said. “This project tells an important story about our past and will help write a new chapter about serving homeless, at-risk veteran and improving their quality of life.”

Madison-based developer The Alexander Co. and the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee in 2016 were selected to lead the restoration project by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The project is made possible through an enhanced use lease agreement with the VA. The law authorizing such agreements requires the buildings be used for their original purpose of serving veterans.

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This article was originally published by Alex Zank in BizTimes.