Arkansas site selected for new state veteran's home
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 5, 2014
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A site in North Little Rock has been selected as the new home for military veterans in Arkansas.
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Director Cissy Rucker chose a site across from Fort Roots following recommendations by members of the Arkansas Veterans Commission. Officials had been seeking a new site since the closing of the previous veteran's home in Little Rock in 2012.
The 52.7-acre site is currently occupied by the nine-hole Emerald Park Golf Course. Two sites in Jacksonville and one in Searcy were also on the short list of about 20 proposed locations for the home.
A news release from the VA says federal funding was approved Monday and that contractor's will begin bidding for the project later this year. It is unclear when construction will begin.