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Planning and Zoning Commission approves Veterans’ Campus

A new shelter for homeless veterans got the go-ahead from the Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday night.

“Veterans’ Campus will be in the old Deluxe Inn on Business Loop 70 near Old Highway 63.

Commission members approved the project unanimously.

The campus will have 25 one-bedroom apartments for people that qualify under the Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing Program.

Twenty-nine units will be temporary housing for homeless veterans who will also have access to support services like food and case management with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

It’s a project that is a combined effort from a Columbia non-profit called Welcome Home Inc., along with the Truman VA and local Housing Authority.

Phil Steinhaus with the Columbia Housing Authority said he’s heard nothing but excitement about the project.

“There is a big need for housing for veterans in our community and they fought for our homes, so we’re fighting for theirs,” he said. “It’s a great location with regards to access to good and services, transportation routes, schools, services, etc. So we really think it’s a great project with some great partners working together.”

The project is estimated to cost around $6 million.

It will head to city council for final review. Construction is set to start in February.

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