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Groundbreaking at Maine Veterans’ Home in Bangor 

It’s been more than a year in the works and on Wednesday – groundbreaking.

The Maine Veterans’ Home in Bangor is starting a $4M renovation and expansion project.

They’ll be opening a new facility for veterans seeking rehabilitation.

They have 150 beds right now and won’t be adding more of those.

Instead, they’ll be upgrading and expanding the current rooms, adding two 5,000 square foot extensions.

The Bangor administrator says veterans told them something they missed from a nursing home was a private meeting area.

That’s something vets will have after the project is complete.

“We want them to feel like they’re in a five-star hotel and they’ll have room to do all kinds of things that you might do at your home but also in a hotel with the in-unit dining and kitchen and the new common areas where they can do all kinds of recreational activities,” said Greg Urban, the Bangor Maine Veterans’ Home Administrator.

They’ll also be adding a therapeutic area with a spa. The project should be finished in a year.

We’re told the facility will remain fully functional during construction.