A veterans center in Dayton is planning a $5 million renovation of the dementia unit of its long-term care facility.
Officials at the Dayton VA Medical Center tell the Dayton Daily News that the project calls for modernizing the 40-bed unit with updated safety and technology features, and "quality-of-life" enhancements.
Hospital officials say the renovation is part of $84 million in upgrades already approved for federal funding.
The medical center provides medical care to more than 35,000 veterans a year at its campus, west of downtown Dayton.
Last week, two Ohio legislators took action to prevent an historical aircraft from being moved out of the state. That request was granted and so the plane that once served as Air Force One will stay in Dayton, Ohio.
The Boeing aircraft, known as SAM 26000, operated as Air Force One for Presidents Kennedy through Clinton. Since its retirement in 1998, it has found a home at the National Museum of United States Air Force in Dayton.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force says work on a new building can go ahead in southwest Ohio.
Work on the $35.4 million expansion project was held up after another contractor filed a protest of the award to Turner Construction Co. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reviewed the bid award and rejected the protest.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is seeking out new community partnerships in 2014 in order to cut costs in response to ongoing budget troubles. With the wind-down of two wars and a trend towards trimming in Washington, Wright-Patt is looking for ways to control basic forms of spending on the base.
“As budgets continue to decrease,” said Colonel Cassie Barlow, head of the 88th Air Base Wing, “the Air Force looking for alternative ways to support its mission and to really maintain the quality of life that we’re used to, for our airmen and for their family members.”