The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs held the official Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie on March 20 at 2 p.m.
The new 120-bed state veterans’ home will be located near 10700 SW Tradition Parkway in the Port St. Lucie community of Tradition. The estimated $50 million facility will begin construction in the summer of 2018 with an estimate completion date of 20 to 24 months.
St. Lucie County began the process of having the state's seventh Veterans Nursing Home located in the Tradition area back in 2014 after Tradition Land Company donated the 28 acres for the project. Once completed, officials estimate that the facility will employ 190 people annually
The estimated $50 million construction project along with the annual budget of more than $7 million in operations will provide an enormous economic benefit to the region. The 75-mile service area for the Treasure Coast currently houses an estimated 279,971 veterans; 118,617 of whom are over age 65. The closest existing State Veterans Homes are more than two hours away in all directions.
Watch the March 20, 2018 Groundbreaking Ceremony
Artist's 3-D Model of the Ardie R. Copas Veterans Nursing Home
City of Port St. Lucie's Coverage of the Groundbreaking