Camp Jack Veterans Center in Harrison, Ark. hopes to begin renovations in the spring of 2023
HARRISON, Ark. (KY3) – Officials at the Camp Jack Veterans Center in Harrison, Arkansas, say they hope to begin several renovation projects by the spring of next year.
In March, the center received a $2.3 million grant. Officials say Rep. Steve Womack was instrumental in helping Camp Jack secure this grant.
Since opening its doors, Camp Jack has continued to expand its services and connect veterans to local organizations. But, the center becomes limited by the capacities of its building. It was built in the 1940s as the Arkansas National Guard Armory.
“This is an 80-year-old building, and it needs a major overhaul,” said Camp Jack President Matt Russell. “We are going to have to install new electrical installations, new plumbing, new floors and ceilings. We move walls.
The veterans’ center continued to develop renovation plans while awaiting funding approval from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Russell says the center has several “checkboxes” before receiving the grant to ensure they are used appropriately.
“What we are going to try to do is to preserve the history of this building. It was an absolutely magnificent building,” he said. “But inside, we’re going to renovate so it can better serve veterans in the community.”
Representative Womack recently paid a visit to mark a new chapter in the center’s history and begin the demolition phase. Demolition is underway in several parts of the building.
“Having a place in town, in the region, where they can congregate, where they can talk to each other, where we can talk to young children about the history and the sacrifices of our country: this Camp Jack facility is going to become a a long way to this place,” Womack said in an interview with KY3 in April.
In the meantime, Camp Jack has expanded its services, which will only be improved with future renovations.
“We are working with a local organization to make it a recovery center for our alcohol and drug problems. These services are expected to begin soon,” Russell said. “Veterans will be able to come here and work as a team to rebuild cars or build Christmas toys for children. We’re going to have a high-end boutique for veterans. »
Camp Jack also plans to renovate the building’s kitchen, pantry and exercise room. Officials hope to begin renovations in the spring of 2023 and complete them by the end of this summer.
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