WPDE reported that construction for the $55 million Florence VA nursing home started in July and is progressing well. It’s being built on 33 acres off of National Cemetery Road just down the road from the Florence National Cemetery and the Florence County Veterans Affairs Office. Officials said the Florence facility will cost about $55 million. The nursing home will include 104 bedrooms, a dining area, and a recreational facility.
The S.C. Department of Mental Health operates all VA nursing homes in the state. The VA center will create 100 new permanent jobs and generate nearly $20 million in revenue for the Florence economy during the construction phase of the project, according to Florence County Senator Hugh Leatherman (R).
Many people in the community said they’re excited that veterans will have a resting place and the new jobs created at the nursing home.