Plans are at last a go to renovate three historic buildings on the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center’s uptown campus off Wrightsboro Road to serve as housing for homeless and at-risk veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The VA finalized lease agreements Friday with Freedom’s Path LLC and Augusta Veterans Residences Limited Partnership, a foreign corporation, to renovate and operate buildings 7, 18 and 76, with construction to begin immediately, according to a statement.
Neighbors initially objected to the latest Augusta effort to create housing for at-risk veterans six years ago, and later Freedom’s Path sued the state for withholding project funding, later receiving it in late 2014.
The 98-unit complex will provide permanent, affordable housing plus support services for at-risk veterans and their families in the Augusta community, according to the
A 2013 federal count claimed 85 homeless veterans were in Augusta. Estimated at $10.5 million in 2014, the project will be financed with more than $9 million in federal and state tax credits and other support from the VA, Augusta Housing Authority and other sources, according to previous reports.
The buildings include a psychiatric hospital built in 1945 and a former Catholic school chapel and convent built in 1912.