Grand Island, Neb. -- The former Grand Island Veterans home is getting a revamp. 

It’s been a long process but is finally taking off. The project will be funded by the White Lotus Group of Omaha and a low-income housing program. Vice President of Business Development Jay Kline said that they received a notice a couple of weeks ago that their application with a grant-funding organization had been approved. 

“Their board voted to approved our tax credit funding so we were allocated tax credit for the project, which is a very important step in the redevelopment process, it’s a really nice milestone to reach,” Kline said. 

The project consists of three phases plus a new development opportunity. All phases have some housing component to it. 

The first phase, which includes the Anderson and Pershing building, is for low-income, veteran preferred affordable housing. Between the two buildings, there will be 48 units of a mixture of one and two bedrooms. 

Kline said he is excited about the first phase of the project and what it would mean to veterans. 

“That campus, it means a lot to them and so for there to be a connection in this sort of new redevelopment of the site with veterans and making that the first phase and making that a priority, I think it's a really neat way to bring a need to the community and also pay respect and honor to the veterans at the same time,” Kline said. 

They are still in the middle of design and finalizing room layout, but Development Manager Alex Bullington said one thing is clear. 

“All the buildings that we are doing, that exist there, are going to remain, we’ll change the insides a bit, just to make them more functional for kind of modern times,” Bullington said.

Bullington said they are hoping to start construction in late summer for the remodel portion of the work, but they might start later this month with some inside demolition.  

They are planning on workforce housing and new mortgage-ready townhomes for the other two phases.