Speakers at the event included Dr. Daniel Zomchek of the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Aimee Jorjani of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Joe Alexander of The Alexander Company, Joseph Galvan of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Matthew Reilein of National Equity Fund, Joaquin Altoro of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, Mayor Tom Barrett, Governor Tony Evers, Senator Tammy Baldwin, and U.S. Army Private First Class Gary Wetzel, a Milwaukee-native Medal of Honor recipient.
“This project entailed a significant collaborative effort, which speaks volumes to our nation’s commitment to care for our veterans,” said Joseph Alexander, President of The Alexander Company. “We have never taken on something so sacred as Soldiers Home. Our team is honored to have the opportunity to work with these historic buildings and we’re proud that through our work we’ll be able to return them to the veterans they were built to serve.”
The six historic buildings to be rehabilitated include Old Main (Building 2) – the most prominent and recognizable building on the campus, the Administration Building (Building 1), the Catholic Chaplain’s Quarters (Building 14), and three duplexes (Buildings 18, 19 and 62). These buildings will be renovated into a total of 101 units of housing with supportive services for veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
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This article was originally published by Lee Matz in Milwaukee Independent.