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Walla Walla Veterans Administration Medical Center Gets New Use
Recently a historic preservation effort at the Walla Walla Veterans Administration Medical Center came to larger light through a report by local media. The ACHP wants to share this example of great federal stewardship coupled with enlightened local initiative with the larger historic preservation community
It should be noted that this effort is being spearheaded by the Catholic Charities Spokane, which has leased the properties from the Walla Walla VA and is doing the renovations and creating permanent housing for currently homeless veterans and their families. This effort is possible through the VA’s Building Utilization and Repurposing (BURR) initiative, which is an agency strategic effort to identify and repurpose underutilized land and buildings nationwide in support of its goal to end veteran homelessness.
“It is truly wonderful that we are able to preserve these century-and-a-half old historic homes, bring them up to contemporary standards, and repurpose them to help create better lives for today’s veterans,” said Walla Walla VA Medical Center Director Brian Westfield. “It’s a good example of how we can honor our past while fulfilling our responsibilities to the benefit of all.” Read the article.
Posted August 20, 2015