After having kicked off work renovating the Edward Townsend Mix-designed Old Main into veterans housing at the Milwaukee Soldiers Home Historic District, the Madison-based Alexander Company, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee and Department of Veterans Affairs launch the next phase of efforts to transform vacant buildings at the Soldiers Home in service of veterans.

Five more buildings will join Old Main – which is getting 72 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom units, as well as community spaces, a fitness center, resource centers, offices and more – in being rehabbed.

On Friday at 11:30 a.m., Gov. Tony Evers, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Mayor Tom Barrett, U.S. Army veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Gary Wetzel and others are expected to speak at the event on the grounds of the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center.

“This project entailed a significant collaborative effort, which speaks volumes to our nation’s commitment to care for our veterans,” said The Alexander Company President Joseph Alexander, in a statement.

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