Representing her family, for whom the veterans home will be named, Martha Puller Downs talks with Gov. McAuliffe after the ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday afternoon at Vint Hill.
It makes you feel good about the world when you see the trees and the spectacular view. Someone isn’t coming here to be forgotten in some dark place. You’re going to a beautiful paradise.
— Lynda Bird Johnson Robb
• For: Puller Veteran Care Center
• When: 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26
• Where: 30 acres at Vint Hill Road and MacIntosh Drive in eastern Fauquier.
• Keynote speaker: Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
• Services: Nursing, dementia and short-term rehabilitative care for military veterans.
• Operator: Virginia Department of Veterans Services.
• Beds: 128.
• Cost: Estimated $48 million, excluding donated land.
• Staff: 150.
• General contractor: Whiting-Turner, Baltimore, Md.
• Architects: Wiley Wilson, Lynchburg; Orcutt Winslow, Phoenix, Ariz.
• Opening: Late 2019, two years after construction starts.
• Background: The state operates similar 400-bed and 240-bed centers in Richmond and Roanoke, respectively. The state will build another 120-bed center in Virginia Beach.
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