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Sycamore facility renovations underway for IL Vets Home

Sycamore Facility (KHQA/Marcus Espinoza).

The first phase for the Illinois Veterans Home's massive renovation is now underway.

After Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced the state's plan to purchase the facility back in March, the state has since purchased and begun renovations on the home.

They're going to be rennovating for the next six months or so, updating the building to code.

Once that is finished, they will move more than a 100 residents into the facility, while renovations take place at the main campus of the IL Vets Home.

Michael Hoffman, the senior adviser to the Governor, said working with an already existing building is a huge advantage.

"This building, even though it needs a lot of work, it's been vacant for about a year, it's about a 40-year-old building, it's still got great bones. By limiting our work to mostly interior work, we're saving a lot of money and being able to get a project done a lot quicker," said Hoffman.

A team of experts is developing a Master Plan for the Illinois Veterans' Home.

A group of planners, architects, engineers, historians and communication professionals along with community members and Veterans' Home leadership will help put that plan together. The public is invited to see what's in store and to provide input at an open house on Thursday, July 12th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on 1707 N. 12th St in Quincy.

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