Site chosen for new veterans nursing home in West Tennessee

State officials have selected the old Arlington Developmental Center site in northeast Shelby County for a new $70 million West Tennessee veterans nursing home, reports the Commercial Appeal.

Officials of the Tennessee State Veterans’ Homes Board told the state Senate’s Veterans Affairs Subcommittee Thursday of the site’s selection over other sites reviewed in Fayette, Shelby and Tipton counties. The board hopes to acquire 40 to 45 acres, behind the Arlington Sports Complex which fronts on Memphis-Arlington Road west of Paul Barret Parkway and north of Interstate 40.

The nursing home will house 144 Tennessee veterans of U.S. military service.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will pay $45.5 million of the Arlington home’s price tag. The state and local governments and private fundraising must generate the remaining $24.5 million before the VA releases its funding for construction.

Shelby County government has allocated $2 million, and the state has allocated $650,000 so far on site selection, planning and preparation. Fundraising efforts are under way by the West Tennessee Veterans Home board, a nonprofit group based in Memphis.

The Tennessee State Veterans’ Homes Board runs homes in Humboldt, Knoxville and Murfreesboro, and four others are in various stages of planning: 108-bed homes in Clarksville, Cleveland and the Tri-Cities area of northeast Tennessee, and the 144-bed home in Arlington. The Arlington home will be the second in West Tennessee.