Work on a new $16 million assisted-living center at VA Butler Healthcare has started and will be finished in two years.
The Community Living Center, as the nursing home is known, is located at the 88-acre Veterans Administration Healthcare site three miles north of Butler. It will have 60 beds.
"We are extremely pleased with the design concepts," said VA Butler Healthcare's director Patricia Nealon. "The new facility will enable us to better meet the needs of our veterans now and in the future."
The single-level building replaces two floors of the neighboring Butler VA Hospital and will connect to the hospital's rehabilitation therapy center.
"This makes it much easier and convenient to run -- having the whole facility on one floor and having it connected to other buildings," said Paula McCarl, a spokeswoman for VA Butler Healthcare. "The new facility also allows residents to have single rooms. Many patients have to share rooms (now)."
The building was …