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Community previews new vets’ home plans

Thursday, the public got a chance to see the master plan for a new Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy.

Dozens of people gathered for a 3-hour open house at Lippincott Hall. They viewed exhibits which include plans for a new building, power grid, outdoor amphitheater and a quadrangle in the middle of the campus for more walkability.

It would be three-year phased in plan. Expect more buildings to be demolished this spring to make way for the new home.

Thursday’s event gave the community a chance to ask questions, plus an idea of what to expect.

“There was a lot of buildings that were getting bad. Well like Kent for instance, it needed to be refurbished back in 2010 and there was money set aside for it but it never got done. So this home has been neglected for several years,” said veteran Roger Schwengel.

“Traveling around the campus is another thing,” explained Vets’ Home Administrator Troy Culbertson. “We are going to re route some of the streets so there’s more foot traffic on the inner part of the campus, wheel chairs and foot traffic. Keep the vehicles on the outside of the campus.”

The push for a new vets’ home comes after the legionnaires’ outbreak that has killed 14 residents and sickened roughly 70 others.

Governor Rauner visited Thursday’s open house before it was over.

He’s speaking at a press conference Friday at the former Sycamore Healthcare Facility.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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