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Urban Milwaukee: VA Redeveloping More of Soldiers Home

Some of Milwaukee’s oldest buildings will see new life under a plan from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. Originally designed as a self-contained village for recovering veterans of the Civil War, Milwaukee’s Soldiers Home has been in decline for decades, with many of the largest buildings vacant.

Last week the VA issued a request for proposals to redevelop three of the complex’s historic structures. Proposals are due January 7th for the redevelopment of the Ward Memorial Hall (1881), The Governor’s Mansion (1868) and the Chapel (1889). Unlike previous redevelopment opportunities, developers will not be required to provide housing for homeless veterans.

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