BUTTE – It’s a project that’s been decades in the making.
Leaders dug shovels into the ground on Tuesday as construction of the new Butte veteran’s home finally got underway.
The home will cost $10 million and will serve veterans in southwest Montana. The 60-bed retirement home was first proposed in the 1990s.
Local, state and federal leaders — including Governor Steve Bullock and US Senator Jon Tester — gathered for the ceremony.
Sen. Tester says this fight speaks to the mentality of the old mining community.
“It was important to Butte. Butte had worked on this for decade after decade after decade and in the end, we got her done,” Sen. Tester said. “We got her done, because Butte, they go to work when the going gets tough.”
The new veterans home is expected to be complete by the fall of 2020.