"It's exciting to see this facility coming out of the ground," Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers said during a presentation on construction efforts made to members of the local Veterans' Nursing Home Ad Hoc Committee. "It's been in planning and development for a long time."
The Clarksville facility will be one of four dedicated nursing homes for veterans around the state included in the veterans' home network. The other facilities are already in operation and are located in Murfreesboro, Knoxville and Humboldt, said Ed Harries, executive director of the network.
The facility is going to be made up of duplexes on nearly 10 acres of land that will provide beds for up to 108 veterans and jobs for up to 180 people, network officials said.
"The contractors are building one duplex at a time," said Taylor Wyrick, director of Plant Operations for the network. "Each duplex consists of two 12-bedroom houses that are all connected."
There will be a dining room and living room in each 12-bedroom side of the duplexes. Patients with Alzheimer's disease will be housed in specific areas where they can be served by specially trained staff.
Cleveland, Tenn., is trying to get the funding to build its own network facility, Harries said, and it's possible that two facilities could be coming to serve the large veteran population in Memphis, the state's most-populated city.