Veterans' Home Site Approved In Cleveland

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - by Hollie Webb

The Cleveland Municipal Planning Commission has approved the annexation of the proposed site for a Southeast Tennessee Veterans' Home.

The Planning Commission unanimously approved on Thursday a plan of services for the 27.8-acre site on Westland Drive as well as a recommendation to the Cleveland City Council to annex the property.

The American Legion Post 81 requested the annexation last week in a letter.

"The American Legion Post 81 trustees are holding a piece of property in trust until the State of Tennessee Veterans Affairs takes control of it to build the Southeast Tennessee Veterans Home," the letter, signed by post trustee Mary Baier states.

The Planning Commission held a special called meeting Thursday at noon.

Mayor Tom Rowland asked the Planning Commission to approve the annexation recommendation and the accompanying plan of services. Annexation of the site will expedite local efforts to resolve any state concerns, he said.

Holding a called session, said Jonathan Jobe, city director of development engineering services, enables the recommendation to be presented to the City Council at its two January meetings. Otherwise the second and final Council vote would have been in February.

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