Armed Forces Retirement Home near completion after Hurricane - - Jackson, MS

Armed Forces Retirement Home near completion after Hurricane Katrina

MS GULF COAST (WLBT) - Despite the oil spill, some good news on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Katrina forced them to relocate five years ago, but soon hundreds of veterans will return to a brand new Armed Forces Retirement Home.

Construction of the new $200 million project in Gulfport is nearly finished. A trio of eight story towers replaces the former 11 story building which stood there for decades. Residents will begin moving-in to the new retirement home on October 4th.

The project features plenty of amenities including a four lane bowling alley. Another big improvement is the size of the rooms.

"These rooms are 450 square feet. The old rooms were 90 square feet and they had to go down the hall to use the shower. But each one of these rooms has their own shower," said Richard Heath, AFRH Director.

Another part of the project is the pedestrian walkway that crosses over Highway 90. The 150 foot crossover will be installed on two concrete towers September 8th. The pedestrian bridge will allow residents of the retirement home to safely walk to the beach and will also be open to the public.

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